Visbit claims that the 8K VR Player will be able to playback up to 8K stereoscopic 360 videos, either streamed or downloaded. This is made possible through Visbit’s View-Optimized Viewing (VVOS) technology, where only the portion of the video you’re looking at renders at full resolution at any given moment.
The player also supports spatial audio and video encryption.
Of course, experiences are still limited by headset resolutions (the Vive Focus is equipped with a 2,880 x 1,600 single-piece AMOLED display). But hopefully this announcement will encourage more content creators to make use of their 8K videos. In fact, Visbit is asking for VR content creators wishing to showcase their VR videos with resolutions of 6K and above for free. Just contact the Visbit team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Our Obsidian camera has been able to shoot 8K 360 3D videos for a long time,” said Dan Chen, CEO of Kandao (makers of the Obsidian R and S 360 cameras). “However, due to the lack of 8K VR video player, we had to compress our demo videos to 4K to play, which significantly discounted the demonstration effectiveness. Now Visbit 8K VR Player resolved our problem.”
“Designed with 3K resolution and 75Hz refresh rate AMOLED screen, the Vive Focus standalone enables viewing of 8K resolution and is the perfect HMD for experiencing high-resolution VR videos,” said Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC China President of VR.
The 8K VR Player app is currently free to download–for a limited time–for the Vive Focus. Visbit said it plans to roll out the player to other standalone and mobile headsets, including the Mi VR Standalone, Oculus Go, Pico Goblin.