The Covid crisis gives a new breath to virtual reality

The Covid crisis gives a new breath to virtual reality

New practices are emerging or accelerating both in the professional world and in entertainment.

In the absence of being able to meet physically, it was with a virtual reality headset screwed on his head that Jean-Michel Jarre’s aficionados were able to follow his concert given on the occasion of the Fête de la musique, “Alone together”, on Sunday. The musician performed for almost an hour in a psychedelic virtual universe, an experience impossible to replicate in a concert hall. Some 600,000 Internet users followed the event, in virtual reality or by watching the concert on YouTube. An example of the second wind that virtual reality (VR) technology is experiencing with the health measures related to the Covid-19 pandemic. “This unprecedented experience, without competing with live performance, can represent a future for live performance,” said Culture Minister Franck Riester. If the music industry sees in these pixel universes an innovative way to reach its audience, the professional sector, already very fond of VR, is not in…

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