Vice Uses Virtual Reality to Immerse Viewers in News

Created by two experienced directors, Chris Milk and Spike Jonze, in partnership with Vice News, the project is a virtual-reality journalism broadcast. It made its debut on January, 23, 2014 at the Sundance Film Festival and in a new virtual reality mobile app called Vrse, which is available in the links below for iOS and Android.

There are three options for experiencing the project at home. The first is a virtual-reality headset, like the Oculus Rift device. The second is with the Vrse app, downloaded onto a smartphone and connected to a simple viewer, like a cardboard one that Google designed to be built on your own. Finally, viewers can download the app and watch directly on a phone, which provides a close approximation of the experience but loses some of the 3-D features.

It uses about 1GB of storage.

Read the full story by Emily Steel of the New York Times.