Korean Telecom releases Korea’s 1st 4K wireless VR service

KT has released a wireless virtual reality (VR) media service with 4K resolution for the first time in the domestic market, offering a wide range of immersive content for users.

With the new service, dubbed KT Super VR, the mobile carrier is aiming to become the top immersive media platform operator in the fifth-generation (5G) networks era.

Immersive media, based on VR, augmented reality (AR) and holograms, has gained keen attention as “killer content” in the 5G era.

KT said it will create and expand its immersive media ecosystem through the development and distribution of more diverse content.

Toward that end, KT will work to establish its own VR platform and secure distinguished VR content through strategic partnerships with content providers.

The telecom company said it has upgraded terminal specifications of GiGA Live TV and enhance its content lineup to launch KT Super VR.

GiGA Live TV is a wireless network-based media service that the firm launched last November.

Its Super VR service will be available on Pico’s G2 4K VR headset, the upgraded version of its 3K-resolution G2.

Users can experience about 10,000 kinds of immersive media content through the firm’s new VR service, it said, noting that of those, 450 are 4K VR content including sports and shooting games.

The firm plans to add two new games and 10 new movies every month.

The company plans to cooperate with AfreecaTV, a local video streaming service, to offer users esports multi-view content, and with Naver’s live video streaming service V Live to offer content of stars and influencers.

KT also plans to add new education content including English and coding in cooperation with education content providers.

An unlimited monthly subscription for the new VR service is priced at 8,800 won ($7.65), KT said, noting that a package of a six-month plan and a Pico VR headset costs 450,000 won.

“KT will release a wide range of immersive media content for users in cooperation with various partners,” said Kim Hoon-bae, a vice president who heads KT’s new media business division.

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