Vrse CEO Talks Citizen Kane and Virtual Reality
“Citizen Kane does not come in year two of VR.”
Chris Milk, the esteemed virtual reality filmmaker/documentarian/founder/ Vrse CEO, discussed the limitations and the massive times of potential for the proliferation of virtual reality content which is still in its early development stage, at Tech Crunch Disrupt stage in New York.
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Milk told the audience that one of the major challenges often faced in the VR filmmaking space are the incredible basic features which are always taken for granted. Some underlying structures such as the concept of a feature film does not operate in the same way for VR as they do on the silver screen, these are some of the things which creatives in the VR filmmaking space are trying to find.
At the moment, the best template as regards to a VR film which is a bit messy, involves what the Vrse CEO refers to as “a series of spheres that you’re sitting inside and looking around.” The technical challenges are significant, but they don’t detract from the power of the platform to impact humanity. The promise that VR can hold is that it’s the democratization of human experience. Much like the Internet was the democratization of data.” Milk said on stage.
Lack of content is the major limitation for early VR adopters. Irrespective of how bad or how good it is, there seem to be a little stuff to download on the Gear VR or the Oculus Rift. Milk, added that, this was a major constraint for consumers who have hyped and willing to pay a huge sum for the potentials of VR. “It’s hard to sell 50 million televisions if there’s only a week’s worth of television to watch,” said Milk.
Lack of “killer app” was viewed to be the most notable dearth of virtual reality but this misconception was cleared by Milk as he stated that the killer app was already in existence, this is the VR storytelling. He, however, went further to reveal that “the killer app for your aunt is going to be different from the killer app for your niece.”
Although, tackling the issues of VR in the hands of both your aunt and niece might come first. Just like in the space, mobile VR is seen by Milknas the platform with the highest potential and hopes that handsets a few platforms from now will be on par with current tethered systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. “The more great experiences you’re having, the more interested you’re going to be in upgrading to the next level of immersion,” Milk told interviewer Josh Constine. It may, however, become a bit difficult to see the importance of the medium in terms of isolating human experiences and to make copies for visitors due to the buzzwords floating around VR. “Once you move past the spectacle and past the hype, [VR] is the medium of human experience,” Milk said.
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