NextVR Finally Launches On Vive, Rift Coming Soon

by Jamie Feltham • May 28th, 2018

One of VR’s best-known video streaming platforms is finally arriving on two of the best-known headsets.

NextVR, a service that offers live sports and entertainment broadcasting in 360 degrees, this month launched on Viveport with support for both the HTC Vive and the Vive Pro. Despite launching on Gear VR years ago and even coming to Microsft’s Windows-based mixed reality devices last year, this is the first time the platform has been available on HTC’s headset. The company also told Road to VR that a version for the Oculus Rift will be coming soon and a Steam release is on the cards too. It’s free to download on Viveport.

NextVR offers a range of 360 degree experiences as well as live programming. The app’s current lineup includes ringside viewing of WWE and boxing matches, front row access to Live Nation concerts and sideline locations for NFL games among others. In these videos, users can twist and turn their heads to look in any direction, though can actually move their heads through virtual space.

It’s the future that makes NextVR one to watch, though. Earlier this year we saw previews of what the company is working on, including upgraded video resolution that could be a game changer for the format. The company also recently announced a partnership with Oculus for a live Venues app that will allow friends to share these types of experiences with each other.

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