Amazon Launches Prime Video Library on Quest, Go, & Gear VR

Amazon at this time introduced the launch of Prime Video VR on Oculus Quest, Go, and Gear VR. Along with bringing your complete Prime Video catalog onto the headsets, Amazon can also be for the primary time including VR content material to its Prime Video library.

Amazon has now adopted different main content material streaming platforms like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube into VR. The corporate at this time introduced the launch of the Prime Video VR app which permits Prime members within the US and UK to stream your complete Prime Video content material library, and likewise permits non-members to stream their library of bought content material. The app is accessible on Oculus Quest, Go, and Gear VR without cost. A voice search characteristic makes it straightforward to seek for content material with out counting on the digital keyboard.

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Amazon can also be committing to bringing VR content material to Prime Video VR. At at this time’s launch the library contains 10 “curated” 360 movies, and the corporate says it has plans to “proceed so as to add new VR-specific titles.” Amazon’s announcement highlighted three of the 10 items of VR content material:

INVASION!: This Emmy-award- successful VR expertise tells the story of menacing aliens who attempt to take over Earth and destroy anybody making an attempt to cease them. The residents of Earth are in a position to stand up and defeat the invaders – however these residents aren’t people. They’re two of the cutest, sweetest, cuddliest creatures of our planet: two little white bunnies, and on this story, you’re one in all them!
Return to Chernobyl: Go on a haunting journey contained in the ruins of Chernobyl, guided by Aleksander Sirota — who was simply 9 years previous when he survived the catastrophe. Immediately, he’s a tour information bringing throngs of tourists by way of his infamous hometown, regardless of the nonetheless harmful ranges of radiation.
Greenland Melting: To grasp why Greenland’s glaciers are melting sooner and sooner, FRONTLINE and NOVA, two flagship PBS sequence, teamed up with Emblematic Group, xRez Studio and Realtra to convey this story to life as by no means earlier than. Stand in entrance of glaciers, fly at low altitudes over a number of the world’s most gorgeous surroundings, and dive beneath the ocean’s floor to study what NASA’s research are revealing.

It isn’t clear if the app helps something past monoscopic 360 playback for its VR-specific content material, however we’d actually hope to see 3D supported at a minimal, in addition to the VR180 format which has been rising in recognition because of stereoscopy and elevated high quality in comparison with 360 playback.

Whereas Hulu, YouTube, and now Amazon have all expanded their video streaming libraries with 360 content material particularly for viewing in VR, Netflix has not.

HBO in the meantime had launched its first VR apps, HBO NOW VR and HBO GO VR, on Google’s Daydream again in late 2016, however in the end pulled these providers from the platform in January 2019, probably regarding Google’s fading curiosity of their Android VR initiative.