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User Info: Chargers_31

Chargers_31
3 months ago#11
I'd like something similar with sporting events. Let me watch the game from the stadium (an actual replica would be awesome) and interact with other people watching the same game. I'd pay like $10-15 to try it out for a few big games like a Super Bowl or something.
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User Info: KillerTruffle

KillerTruffle
3 months ago#12
Chargers_31 posted...
I'd like something similar with sporting events. Let me watch the game from the stadium (an actual replica would be awesome) and interact with other people watching the same game. I'd pay like $10-15 to try it out for a few big games like a Super Bowl or something.

Aren't they already working on something along those lines? Like a set of cameras down around midfield or so that can provide 360-degree views of the action? I don't think it gives it full 3D - that's actually going to be a ridiculously complicated task to stream live content that includes freelook and 3D so it feels like you're there. But it still makes it feel sort of like you're sitting there on the sidelines watching the game, minus the 3D.

Thought I read something about that anyway, whether it was current or planned.

EDIT: The biggest holdup on that front will probably be licensing - especially the NFL is VERY possessive of anything related to its games, so licensing would probably be pretty tough.
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Damaged7
3 months ago#13
I could see WWE trying something like that. Theyve started to use 360 degree cameras and generally like trying gimmicky things.
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User Info: arleas

arleas
3 months ago#14
Chargers_31 posted...
I'd like something similar with sporting events.

At the moment they've got some 360° cameras that they use for that, but I don't think it's 3D so it's like the stadium is pasted around your room like wallpaper so anywhere you look you would see what you would see from that seat.

Like I was telling KillerTruffle in discord the other day, lightfield technology is where it's at now, so maybe they'll have a setup that allows them to reproduce the field more completely so you can virtually sit in any seat and watch the game.

It's still kinda new though and the machines cost in the quarter million to half a million dollar range so it may be more in the future when the technology becomes cheaper.

But Virtual Movie theaters are here and now. I don't know if they're planning on running any more recent movies (So far they only did Top Gun 3D) but they DID show trailers for upcoming movies, including one where Mark Wahlberg gets shrunk down to ant size for some kind of "starting a new life" kind of thing. I'm not quite sure what it's all about other than "Honey I shrunk the white guy".
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arleas
3 months ago#15
KillerTruffle posted...
I would hate VR at a movie theater, strictly because of hygiene. I'm not especially OCD, but theaters aren't clean.

It's not that theaters aren't clean. I'm sure they do their best to keep things clean. It's the people who go there who think that it's OK if they spill a 48oz soft drink on the floor and just leave it, or people who bring their screaming brats in to "watch" the movie and then they drool all over everything leaving half melted candy between the seats.

Maybe one day they'll run a theater where you're essentially paying for a private box to sit in, and then they can at least contain the idiots spilling drinks into one small area. I think VR would definitely require some extra work though...

Until the headsets get small enough that they're slightly bigger than glasses, it's probably gonna be sweaty at the very least. You can swap out the padding and wipe down everything else with a sterile cloth but it would require hiring someone to come in and do all that between every show.
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ArcadeGuy
3 months ago#16
PS VR does this and it's amazing.

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arleas
3 months ago#17
ArcadeGuy posted...
PS VR does this and it's amazing.

PSVR does what? Show movies? Because that's like one of the best uses of BigScreen Beta and has been since the start.

Now if you're talking about showing sports from the POV of someone in the stands, that would be interesting. I haven't seen anyone make any attempt to do this on the Vive or the Rift yet, but I think you can use the WebVR standard to view anything made available on the web.

http://fortune.com/2015/10/19/livelikevr-vr-sports-stadium/

That's a really old article and I haven't heard anything about it in ages though so I don't know what happened. If they gave up on it or if it's still in some kind of limited trial run.
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LazyyAmerican
3 months ago#18
As interesting as that sounds...we're gonna always need the physical locations for those of us who don't wanna spend the money for VR.
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KillerTruffle
3 months ago#19
Physical theaters aren't going away in the immediate future - if ever. I mean, we all have TVs and computers, which give us the ability to watch movies in the comfort of our own home, and theaters still exist.

The thing is, something like VR is much better experienced in the comfort of your own home rather than plastering other people's sweat, saliva, and who knows what else all over your face by re-wearing a public VR headset. Proper sanitary measures can help alleviate that, but I don't even play the VR test sets in places like Best Buy. They do *have* some things in place to help with sanitizing, but that's basically a canister of wet wipes or whatever, and times I've watched, they don't use those frequently.

It's not necessarily the theaters' fault either, but they're just very dirty places. People spill crap all the time, and make messes, and leave trash, and wipe things on other things, and all kinds of stuff. I still enjoy going, but I think I'd draw the line at throwing something on my face that I can't guarantee has been fully and properly cleaned after Little Timmy Tuberculosis wore it prior.
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arleas
3 months ago#20
LazyyAmerican posted...
we're gonna always need the physical locations for those of us who don't wanna spend the money for VR.

I wasn't trying to tell you about some physical location. This wasn't about the physical aspect of it at all until it just kinda wandered into that territory.

What I was talking about was for people who already had VR (aka "Not you") and could use Bigscreen Beta (aka "Not You") if they would maybe like to go into VR and watch a movie or two occasionally.

The only thing to work out would be what time/time zone so that everyone could be there at the right time. ("There" being on the internet in VR in Bigscreen Beta, not a physical location in case you're still unsure).

KillerTruffle posted...
Physical theaters aren't going away in the immediate future - if ever. I mean, we all have TVs and computers, which give us the ability to watch movies in the comfort of our own home, and theaters still exist.

I don't expect it will go away because like landline phones still exist, there's always gonna be grandma and grampa who don't understand newfangled technology and will prefer they stay with the old safe standby.

KillerTruffle posted...

The thing is, something like VR is much better experienced in the comfort of your own home rather than plastering other people's sweat, saliva, and who knows what else all over your face by re-wearing a public VR headset.


I REALLY don't know who got this f***ed up idea that we're going to all go to the equivalent of a public toilet and strap the seat directly onto our faces...I don't recall ever mentioning this until somehow it just became the main topic of conversation.

YES it's going to be in the comfort of your own home with your own device. If it were to ever go to the public phase it would have to be after a major change in technology which made the headsets mostly disposable or easily cleanable and much more sanitary. I remember someone was complaining about going to a best buy or some other public demo of VR and then a Pink-eye/stink-eye epidemic formed because nobody cleaned them out. That's only going to get worse if you made it a business.

But once again, I made the topic so that if anyone was interested in hanging out in an online space and watching a movie in Bigscreen Beta in VR, we could make plans. Not "let's discuss how feasible it would be for everyone to share a VR headset and pass cooties".
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