Let’s close the day with some news from YouTube, Samsung, and Razer. This is all about entertainment and VR, so fasten your seat belts, guys!
YouTube can definitely do live streaming, but this is not a widely accepted platform for said activity. It needs to be polished and lacks the community aspect live video requires. Take Twitch as an example, which has built a name for itself by targeting the gaming community.
If the latest rumors are to be believed, Twitch may not be alone in the game. Google is said to be launching a live streaming service called YouTube Live. It would focus on gaming an esports, so it really is going right up against Twitch.
“Gaming and esports in particular are going to be a big driving force for the new-look YouTube Live. There’ll be huge opportunities for established streamers and organizations soon and I would say that the record numbers of esports viewers are only going to grow when Google start promoting and partnering with these events.”
Opinion: To be honest, this is really an expected evolution to YouTube. Streaming live events should really just be another feature offered by YouTube. We have already seen similar features like Live Hangouts. It’s only a matter of polishing the service and re-branding it.
Maybe live video is too old school for you. If what you want is to be in the action, you are probably looking into something like the Samsung Gear VR. Virtual reality is the next step in gaming and entertainment, and now we are learning you will be able to go test Samsung’s headset first hand.
The Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition is currently available from Best Buy’s website, but they are now looking to bring it to over 100 stores nationwide. You will be able to waltz into your local Best Buy and test this product starting March 27th.
Opinion: Those who haven’t test this stuff really need to. There is no way we can explain to you how it feels to use a VR headset. Go check it out and thank us later. Oh, and it costs $200 bucks. Just in case you are interested. Do remember it’s only compatible with the Galaxy Note 4, though. One for the Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge is coming.
Razer and Leap Motion have announced a partnership. What a weird combination, right? It makes total sense, though. Vision and movement are key elements of virtual reality, but what about your hands? It certainly wouldn’t feel natural to keep using controllers.
Razer’s OSVR developer headset is set for release alter in 2015. Leap Motion’s plan is to offer a face plate that will have their hand tracking technology built right in. Developers could then start creating gaming experience that go way beyond vision.
Opinion: We don’t know all the details yet, but this sure sounds like an amazing plan. I really hope I get to test this at a convention… soon!