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6 Streaming Shows Featuring AR/VR

References to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) in entertainment deliver intrigue and excitement. Both of these technologies, though relatively new, have made serious advancements over the last few years. The infrastructure for AR/VR-connectivity is being built piece by piece and echo3D is proud to be a part of that effort, not only supporting the backend for 3D projects for but also joining the Metaverse Standards Forum to remain in alignment with other key players.

If you’re the type to binge, you’ve probably already seen some of these shows. Here’s a list of 6 streaming shows that reference AR or VR.


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1. Black Mirror

This show takes the gold when it comes to harrowing hellscapes, creating situations that are outrageous, dangerous and outright scary…but not totally impossible. That’s a part of why Black Mirror is so chilling — in all 5 seasons, it’s managed to hold a “black mirror” up to society exploring worst-case scenarios of our current reality. You can catch references to AR and VR in these episodes:

  • “Playtest” (Season 3 Episode 2)

  • “San Junipero”, (Season 3 Episode 4)

  • “Men Against Fire”, (Season 3 Episode 5)

  • “Hang the DJ”, (Season 4 Episode 4)

  • “Striking Vipers”, (Season 5 Episode 1)

2. Caprica

This is a sci-fi TV show that references a wide range of AR/VR technologies. Two families live on a peaceful planet called Caprica and a breakthrough in artificial intelligence brings upon unforeseen consequences. It is the prequel to Battlestar Galactica that shows the beginnings 60 years prior so if you’re a fan of Battlestar Galactica, you may enjoy the backstory. In the show, a Holo-Band grants access to a virtual world that pairs with a device that makes any surface a digital surface. The crazy part is this technology technically exists today, though it’s not used exactly the way they use it in the show.

3. Agents of SHIELD

This enormously popular show by Joss Whedon (yes Buffy fans, that Joss Whedon) references a lot of AR/VR technology in applications and VR training simulations. The general plot is they are agents of Strategic Homeland Intervention Enforcement Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D). They work on alien-centric cases. If this series feels like a Marvel movie, you’d be right to think so because it is from Marvel Television. Season 4 is specifically focused on AR/VR technology because there may or may not be a dangerous villain that requires a level playing field, technology-wise.

4. Kiss Me First

When people think of the “metaverse”, Kiss Me First is what people are probably thinking. This thriller is about a young girl that’s addicted to virtual video games. She meets a character in the virtual world of Red Pill and her virtual friend starts appearing in real life. People begin disappearing from Red Pill and the plot thickens. The very sci-fi touch of seamlessly merging virtual and real worlds makes an interesting modern day take on what people thought VR would be like in the future.

5. Altered Carbon

This show had a large presence at AR/VR conferences leading up to its release in 2018. It was a unique approach to promote the series at tech events and the theatrics were turned up: vague and cold models dressed in all white told you where to go at the Altered Carbon booths. The show’s sterile mood translated well to their experiential experiences. Because of this promotion and the long-standing fan base of the books, it explains why this is one of the better known AR/VR shows. The premise explores digitizing consciousness and storing the essence of a person while people die a physical death. They however, have the ability to upload this consciousness to another. The characters experience the world around them in AR with holograms, hand and voice gestures, 3D projected building layouts and online libraries that play on a floating screen.

6. Upload

The year is 2033 and like Altered Carbon, uploading consciousness is cool now. The main character is a software engineer that dies prematurely and picks his afterlife. This show is interesting because it doesn’t rely on 3D graphics to support the story except for when the character is actually exploring his virtual afterlife in Lakeview. There is a very real day-to-day style of filming with this show that makes it relatable. The protagonist’s journey is quickly met with conflict as he realizes he’s still being controlled by his possessive and alive girlfriend.

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