If you’ve ever thought that music videos would be an interesting VR experience, then it looks like Oculus has heard you. This latest update to Oculus Quest 2 allows users to immerse themselves in a variety of music videos through the Oculus TV service.
Announced via the official Oculus blog, the service (currently only available in the US) allows Oculus Quest 2 users to browse music videos from a variety of new and classic act genres. Oculus has even partnered with big names in the music industry such as Sony Music Group, BMG, Merlin and many more to ensure the availability of a variety of music videos.
The blog post also states that the music videos will be shareable with other Oculus users on your friends list, as well as directly on your Facebook feed. Regarding the service itself, Oculus mentions that it will “continue to work with our music partners to create unique social experiences,” indicating that this may just be the start of an ongoing project for businesses. involved.
Analysis: just another VR gimmick?
While being able to watch your favorite music videos in a VR environment will surely be an enticing prospect for many, we have to say that this is far from the most useful Oculus update the company could have worked on.
On the one hand, it’s unclear how many of these music videos will be viewable in a 360-degree experience, and how many will only be viewable on a virtual screen. One of the great attractions of virtual reality is that you immerse yourself directly in the experience. It’s easy to feel like part of the experience you find yourself in due to the nature of virtual reality, something that is lost when, in essence, everything you are looking at is a virtual screen.
Oculus TV supports both VR180 and VR360 viewing, so we hope the latter will be a major focus in the future if Oculus is to make a commitment to making music videos available on the service. Custom 360-degree music videos have been around for years now, and we’d love to see more of this sort of thing on Oculus TV, and would definitely be worth sharing with your friends.