As we covered previously, 2016 is poised to be the year of virtual reality. Big players, like Facebook, Conde Nast, Sony and Samsung are all lining to jump head first into the virtual reality arena.
Conde Nast will begin publishing 3d content, from magazines to documentaries while Sony will launch a headset for its Playstation video game console to improve the immersiveness of it games. Facebook, through is $2 billion acquisition of Occulus, is even rumored to be working on 3d living rooms, where rather than chat with friends you sit around in a virtual living room and watch the game.
Google, evidently, isn’t going to be left in the cold.
At it’s I/O developer conference today the company announce Jump, a program to help publishers create 3d content. Jump provides software and tools to allow video publishers to create 3d versions of their content to be viewed with devices made by Occulus, Sony or Samsung.
It’s even partnered with GoPro, the action sports camera maker, to create a 3d video rig for self filmed content.
Jump will be supported by Google’s YouTube, which will allow publishers to not only create 3d videos but also host them somewhere for the world to see.
Jump is expected to launch in the fall, just in time for all the virtual reality headset rigs to be hitting the market.
In typical Google style it will be free.