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BBC takes VR into local libraries

The BBC is taking virtual reality (VR) on a summer outing, bringing it into libraries in the UK for the public to enjoy.

For a period of three months from May to late July, UK residents will be able to visit more than 40 local libraries across the country to experience VR from the BBC.

This initiative is made possible through the collaboration between the BBC VR Hub and Libraries Connected, as well as the Scottish Library and Information Council.

There will be three VR titles available – Congo VR, a three-part news documentary series that takes viewers into one of Africa’s most dangerous yet beautiful countries; 1943 Berlin Blitz, a film which places the viewer in the footsteps of a BBC war reporter who joined the RAF on a bombing run during the Berlin Blitz; and People Just Do Nothing VR, a short 360° version of the sitcom.

Zillah Watson, head of BBC VR Hub, said: “VR is an extraordinary way to experience a story; by immersing yourself in it completely, you get a huge connection to it.

“The trouble is that headsets are expensive, and only a very small number of people have them at home.

“That’s why we wanted to bring some of our favourite experiences out on the road, and by putting them into local libraries across the UK, we’re hoping to give everyone the chance to try out VR.”

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