Tech journalist Will Smith launches a chat present in VR

Tech journalist Will Smith launches a talk show in VR

When Will Smith (no, not that one) introduced he was leaving Examined to start out his personal digital actuality firm final September, it got here as a little bit of a shock. However typically you see one thing so highly effective which you can’t do something to cease your self from pursuing it. Now Smith has revealed precisely what he is doing: A chat present filmed solely in VR referred to as The FOO Present. “My aim with The FOO Present is to showcase superb creators and their works in ways in which have been by no means earlier than potential, utilizing digital actuality,” he writes on Medium.

Smith says that the last word objective was to supply the identical sort of movies he was recognized for at Examined, however in a leading edge, interactive setting. For instance, the primary episode (which he says is presently in early entry on Oculus Residence; SteamVR is coming quickly) options the parents behind Firewatch, developer Campo Santo, and him exploring a location from the sport. There have been a number of makes an attempt at speak exhibits in VR earlier than, however nothing fairly with these kind of manufacturing values.

The main target is on utilizing off-the-shelf hardware just like the HTC Vive to seize performances, and after all of the preliminary work like constructing a set and writing a script is completed, an episode solely takes a couple of hours to render. Common manufacturing begins this summer time and Smith guarantees “tons” extra by yr’s finish. Contemplating his output on Examined, that is in all probability a little bit of an understatement.

This is what I have been engaged on, introducing FOO VR:

PS When you have a Rift, verify us out within the Oculus Retailer

— Will Smith (@willsmith) April 2, 2016