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Amazon said to hold secret VR content talks

by Jacob Kleinman | April 28, 2016April 28, 2016 7:30 am PST

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Amazon doesn’t make a virtual reality headset (at least not yet), but the company could be working to create VR content for other devices like the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. The Wrap reports that Amazon Studios is meeting with various VR-focused companies in an effort to secure exclusive new content.

These talks are still in the early stages, and it’s also unclear how Amazon will distribute its VR content. The company’s already expressed some interest in the field, posting a job listing last month for a software development manager to lead a virtual reality team.

It’s possible we could see a new Amazon Instant Video app designed specifically for VR headsets. Hulu and Netflix already provide similar services, which mostly offer a virtual screening room to watch tradition 2D videos. Amazon could set itself apart from the competition by offering exclusive immersive content right off the bat.

Amazon Studios already has a solid track record. The company’s produced some impressive work, including Transparent and Mozart in the Jungle, so we’re curious to see what type of virtual reality experiences it can help create.

The Wrap

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...