iQIYI Ushers in Next-Generation of Entertainment

  • May 10, 2021 11:04 PM EDT
    iQIYI Inc. (NASDAQ: IQ) ("iQIYI" or the "Company"), an innovative,
    market-leading online entertainment service in China, announced that
    THE9, a Chinese girl group formed by the top nine members of season two
    of iQIYI's hit reality talent show "Youth with You", holds its debut
    "X-City" extended reality (XR) concert on March 26 and March 27, 2021,
    on its streaming platform. The concert was an audio-visual feast backed
    by XR technologies that allowed for a high level of immersion and
    real-time interaction between THE9 and their fans. To get more latest entertainment news, you can visit shine news official website.

    The concert was an immediate success and has already sparked heated
    discussions amongst fans. "XR performance is so exciting", "Now I know
    how creative a concert can be", and "It feels like a concert from the
    future", were some of the comments made by the audience during the show.

    iQIYI is world's first company to deliver an extended reality (XR)
    live concert on cinematic class LED stage with photorealistic virtual
    production. With substantial investment of over 100 million RMB from the
    Company, film-quality visual effects, technology, and interaction, the
    live-streamed concert was a huge success. By combining cutting-edge
    technologies, well-designed interactive activities, high-quality
    content, and a great performance, an irreproducible and futuristic
    experience was created.

    The concert's stage art design, visual effects, and innovative
    performances were all world-class. The stage performance deployed XR
    technology throughout the whole show, transporting viewers to the
    "X-CITY" designed for THE9. Each song was accompanied by its own unique
    setting, including stones being swept along the stage during "SphinX", a
    fantastic abstract space shown during "Not Me", and a colourful
    tropical rain forest for "Hunt".

    Three XR virtual cameras and film production equipment deployed for
    the concert enabled a perfect mix of the real and the virtual. Viewers
    were able to switch among 10 camera angles to get a closer view of the
    performers and create a totally immersive experience. During the show,
    THE9 performed all of the songs from their albums "X Mirror of Virtual
    Reality" and "Sphynx X Mystery", either as a group or individually.

    Through the use of advanced technologies, the Company innovated the
    interactive experience between idols and fans to create one of the most
    memorable virtual events of all time. Features such as virtual seating,
    virtual queues, virtual glowsticks, and invitations for attendees to get
    "on stage" all contributed to the construction of a highly interactive
    experience. The concert was a spectacular audio-visual experience that
    enhanced the emotional connection between idols and fans, rivaling
    similar events held by international superstars.

    Before the show commenced, a giant LED screen was used to show the
    attendees' avatars virtually taking their 'seats'. This built
    anticipation and made it feel like a real concert, increasing the sense
    of real-time participation greatly. During the concert, real-time
    'bullet-screen' comments were projected to produce a 3D light halo
    surrounding the nine girls. Attendees waved their virtual glowsticks at
    home, their movements were transferred in real-time to the concert. The
    color of the glowsticks would also change in sync with the songs,
    enhancing the bond between the idols and their fans.

    In addition to THE9's performance, iQIYI also surprised fans with the
    announcement of two THE9-related games at the concert, "Test the Tacit"
    and "KTV Carnival". The two games, which were both chosen by fans via a
    vote, delivered a surprise gift to fans. The show invited 300 viewers
    to interact with THE9 online, with fans participating in a range of
    other activities that helped them learn more about the group's members.

    Technology is redefining entertainment and re-building the bond
    between performers and their audiences. iQIYI has long invested in
    technologies that allow it to launch products that capture future
    trends. In the years ahead, the Company will continue to use technology
    to uncover the needs of users, so as to provide more cutting-edge and
    diverse experiences. By combining innovative tech and high-quality
    content, iQIYI will continue to create greater business value, building a
    bigger stage for the next generation of entertainment.