The South Korean electronics giant Samsung has launched Milk VR, an app which enables users to download and stream 360-degree videos for viewing on Gear VR headsets.
The app is customized for use on Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 phone and will add more content to watch, something which early adopters of virtual reality headsets were complaining.
The app has contents which includes videos depicting scenic road trip or video taken from airplanes, a waterfront view of Dubai, Hong Kong flight over the city, and a quick jaunt around Italy. The app also features music videos, sports videos and “action.” The app is still in its infancy and loads of content are expected to be available in future.
Samsung has not responded to requests about what kind of content which users can expect. It is not clear if it will be a open source content and if user generated content will have some role to play in the Milk VR.
Samsung had launched the Gear VR in US as what it called the “Innovator’s Edition” on Dec. 8. It carried a price tag of $199 and was useful for developers and adopters rather than mainstream consumers.
Samsung had released the mobile-powered virtual reality headset which it had developed in partnership with Facebook’s Oculus VR, maker of the Oculus Rift, which is a VR headset designed with gaming in mind. Occulus VR is also not available as a consumer version. With Milk VR, Samsung is diversifying still further along with other contents like Milk Video (a video streaming app) and Milk Music (a radio service app).
You can get the best of these videos with a Samsung Gear VR; enthusiasts are trying real hard to make it work on other devices like the Google Cardboard. It is also possible that some of the video which is being featured on the Milk VR could have been captured by the very own Samsung’s 360-degree camera “Project Beyond.” The device is still not ready for release to the consumers.