Google’s Immersive 360 Action Flick

Google released a new 360-degree immersive video on its Spotlight Stories app yesterday—the first that features real human actors instead of animation. It’s an action-packed short directed by Fast & Furious director Justin Lin. I downloaded the 1GB 360 video and took it for a literal spin (I was sitting in a swivel chair). It’s so realistic it’s almost problematic.

The short is extremely impressive, and a good taste of what movies could become once VR becomes more ubiquitous. But it also shined new light on the rivers yet to be crossed. By inserting you into the movie, into the action, it actually breaks the fourth wall and makes it harder to suspend disbelief.

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