The BBC has today released a new video that shows a new experimental virtual reality news broadcast, which they did by using a full 360 degree at the BBC newsroom along with the Oculus Rift headset.

The video shows the newsroom, live editing gallery and presenter Fiona Bruce all in one frame, with clips stitched together in order to create a VR environment for use with the Rift.

“Imagine if you could watch a nature documentary and feel as if you could reach out and touch the animals, or feel as if you were on stage with a band during a music festival or on the pitch during a football match.” The BBC explained. “The purpose of this trial was to test out the technology and see if we could make our users feel as if they were actually there in person, part of a programme and able to experience what it feels like to be behind the scenes during a news broadcast, in the studio sitting in front of a newsreader whilst they are on-air and in the centre of our bustling London newsroom.”

Users of the Oculus Rift developer kit can download the experience for themselves on both PC and Mac, those who don’t can grab a view by watching the video below.

There’s also some more information about the experiment at the source link just below that.

Source: BBC

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