NTT DOCOMO introduces first 360-degree 8K 3D VR system for live video streaming and viewing at 60fps

DOCOMO 360-degree 8K 3D VR

NTT DOCOMO has announced that it has developed the world’s first 8K 3D virtual reality (VR) system for live video streaming and viewing at 60 frames per second (fps) over 5G mobile communications. Viewers will be able to use head-mounted displays to experience music and sporting events in highly realistic 3D VR.

Docomo has announced its first 360-degree 8K VR system for live video streaming and viewing June 2018, and has further refined the system for a more immersive and realistic viewing experience. This new refined system features a new 8K encoder that supports frame rates of up to 60 fps, a special 3D camera for live video streaming, and an FPGA stitching device for extra-fast processing.

It introduces ViReal 3D audio technology developed by Yamaha Corporation to achieve amazing omnidirectional sound through standard headphones. In collaboration with Hokkaido Television Broadcasting Co., Ltd., and NEC Corporation, DOCOMO successfully streamed video of the rehearsal of this year’s Sapporo Snow Festival using NEC’s trial 5G equipment to a special booth set up at the festival.

The streaming trial was facilitated by the DOCOMO 5G Open Partner Program, under which DOCOMO is collaborating with leading partners, including Yamaha, HTB and NEC. Going forward, DOCOMO will continue to develop technologies to stream and view high-quality 360-degree VR content from any location.