You probably noticed the sudden sharp increase in the prevalence of virtual reality and 360 degree videos. As more and more and more companies are developing their own VR headsets, they are also trying to suck people in by launching sample videos to promote their products. And now, after Google had their pre-holiday VR teaser, it is Samsung’s time to have the spotlight on them, as the company releases a 360 degree video to watch LeBron James train via the Oculus Rift.
- LeBron James was almost excluded from the 2008 Olympics team because nobody liked him
- Even though he shoots with his right hand, he is a lefty in day-to-day life
- He was named the Most Powerful Athlete in the World by Forbes in 2014
- He is the only other player except for Michael Jordan to win an Olympic medal, the NBA MVP, and the Finals MVP in the same year
- At 18 years old, he was the youngest player to be the number 1 overall draft pick
Whether you like LeBron or not, you can’t challenge the fact that he is one of the most talented basketball players out there, or that he undoubtedly works very hard during his training sessions in order to sustain his outstanding performance.
Now, after Samsung partnered up with the basketball sensation, as well as the Facebook owned Oculus Rift and James’ company – Uninterrupted, they launched a video similar to those previously released by other competing VR developers.
The video, called ‘Striving for Greatness’, isn’t really virtual reality, as you can’t move around it; you can, however, rotate the camera 360 degrees, allowing you to watch the video from multiple angles.
This has come as a result of many things, including Samsung’s and Oculus’ desire to get in on the promotional 360 degree video craze that seems to have taken over the internet lately, as well as a move by LeBron’s entertainment company to promote him as something other than a basketball player.
The 12 minute clip features some of the Olympic medalist’ training sessions, as well as a number of interviews that used to be available before, however they are now part of a longer, more detailed video about LeBron’s journey to the greatness.
Currently, the video is only available for the Samsung Gear VR, although it will probably be available for Oculus next year as well, as they are the ones who paid for the whole thing.
You can download the video from the Oculus store or via the Samsung Milk VR app.
You can even watch a short trailer-like video on YouTube.
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