One of the developments of virtual reality we can only applaud is longer format original content. This applies to both games and experiences alike. NextVR is trying to make some headway in this department, thanks to their Paranormal Evidence project. This program is a VR investigation tutorial for unexplained phenomena at haunted locations. It is certainly something fans of the paranormal will thoroughly enjoy.
Longer Format Content for VR is Long Overdue
It is safe to say VR users wouldn’t mind longer format content, regardless of what form it comes in. The gaming industry shows a tendency of creating two-hour games and experiences, which is far too short. NextVR is trying to tackle things from a different angle, and their pilot projects sound pretty interesting. The California-based company will create a paranormal show, which goes by the name of paranormal Evidence. Users will get to explore strange phenomena in notoriously haunted locations across the US.
The first episode of Paranormal Evidence will launch tomorrow and focuses on Pennhurst Asylum. Anyone who has watched paranormal shows before will have heard of this location. The show is hosted by Jack Kassewitz. NextVR uses a proprietary camera system to capture full spectrum footage of the Asylum. This allows VR users to see things imperceptible by the investigators themselves. It is certainly a very different take on original programming for a virtual reality crowd. At the same time, the concept lends itself perfectly for VR and it will be interesting to see how things play out.
Critics will gladly tell you this show has nothing special to offer. Until some reviews of Paranormal Evidence come to surface, that may or may not be accurate. Paranormal Evidence will take VR users on a real trip into his paranormal, although the outcome has yet to be determined. According to the cast, multiple bizarre events have indeed been captured at the location. Whether or not that is true will become evident tomorrow at some point during the day.
It is good to see NextVR create content in which viewers become part of the experience.After all, that is what virtual reality is all about in the first place. Whether or not the show becomes a success, remains to be seen. Original content production for a VR audience is a big step to take, that much is evident. We can only hope more content producers follow NextVR’s example and experiment with different types of programming.
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