VREAL is the innovative new streaming platform for VR

By Shabana Arif, Monday, 2 May 2016 11:57 GMT

It’s like Twitch, but for VR.

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VREAL is the innovative new streaming platform for VR

The Twitch comparison is massively oversimplifying something that will change the landscape of streaming.

Let’s say you’re watching someone streaming a VR game. You’ll be able to pop on your own VR headset and essentially occupy the same space as the streamer, freely moving around the world to watch them play as the headset re-renders their game.

You won’t just be an unseen, silent spectator either. Viewers can be both seen and heard in the streamer’s game – if they allow it – and can see and hear each other, allowing for a new model of social interaction on streams.

Of course, not everyone will have the rather pricey hardware straight away. If you have a headset like Gear VR or Cardboard, you’ll be able to watch 360 degree videos, while streams can also be viewed on 2D on monitors as normal.

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It sounds like a fascinating prospect. There’s a VREAL beta this summer, so we’ll learn more about the platform then.

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