You can now watch 360-degree videos on YouTube


YouTube 360

Virtual reality is ready to explode in popularity. Every manufacturer under the sun has a VR headset these days, including Samsung, HTC, and even Google. If anything is holding virtual reality back it’s the lack of content. In January Google promised 360-degree videos would be coming to YouTube. Today the feature finally went live, and there are some cool videos to show it off.

The playlist below has 6 videos that can be viewed in 360-degrees. If you view them in a browser you’ll see a d-pad in the upper left corner to control your view, but the real magic happens when you watch on your Android device. Load up one of the videos in the YouTube app and just move your device to look around the scene. It’s really cool. The experience gets even better if you have a Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard lying around.

[via YouTube]

Joe Fedewa
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  1. =.O

    I guess I’ll have something to do this weekend. Mini project. Google Cardboard, maybe?

  2. :) can’t wait to try it on my phone, and eventually in VR. Reminds me of Sphere.

    Edit: that was freaking awesome.

  3. I think this is friggin awesome.

  4. Excellent. Now I an show some links of videos easier to people

  5. How would you watch this on a Gear VR. As far as i know there is no Youtube app for the GearVR.

  6. Countdown to 360d vids in pron.

    1. I think someone already released VR porn, there was even a post about it here. It may not have been 360° at that point, but it may have improved by now.

  7. Mind blown

  8. “The experience gets even better if you have a Samsung Gear VR or Google Cardboard lying aroun”

    You’re confusing 3D and 360° that’s not the same.
    AFAIK there is no VR in the Youtube and these 360° videos aren’t 3D (2 different images per eye).

  9. This has the immersion of a game. You can look anywhere around you. But it has the storytelling of a movie. It almost seems to be a new genre. With a well-prepared movie, you could watch it numerous times and only gradually figure out where hidden elements to the story are.

    Imagine a whodunit (mystery) with the various clues innocuously lying around. The more you watch it, pay attention, and think the more you understand about what happened. You might even be able to solve the mystery before the end of the show or before the next episode.

  10. Pretty freakin cool! It worked better than I thought it would… no lag whatsoever. I can only imagine how much better it would be using Google carboard.

  11. Looks like all these VR helmets coming out need to have Youtube support. That would be a simple and free experience that could help sell devices.

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