Things have gone a little quiet around music and virtual-reality technology in recent months, don’t you think? There are still startups developing the technology with apps and services up and running, but the hype around VR possibly being The Next Big Innovation for live music has certainly died down. Perhaps partly as the interest in augmented reality (AR) has increased. Anyway, there are still new startups popping up wanting to explore the intersection between music and VR, and Stage is the latest.
Its product isn’t live yet – according to the company’s website, it’ll be “available soon where all fine virtual reality is served” – devices/platforms mentioned include Android and iOS, as well as Oculus, Windows Mixed Reality, Google Daydream, Samsung’s Gear VR and HTC’s Vive. What is it?
“Stage is a venue in Virtual Reality where friends and fans can meet up, hang out, chat and enjoy live concert experiences together, live and on-demand,” claims the website. So, it’s in the same territory as startups like MelodyVR and TheWaveVR, although it sounds closer to the former company’s emphasis on video-realism (as opposed to the latter’s on game-like interactivity) judging by the website: which mentions multi-angle viewing; 360 audio and video; and a ‘director’s cut’ to sit back and watch.