It may be a tad later than originally anticipated, but YouTube has just added support for Youtube 360-degree videos, making the massive video sharing site more useful to owners of VR headsets. Google said it would have the feature ready in “the coming weeks” back in January, and now it’s here on a small selection of videos. More are expected as a new crop of Youtube 360-degree cameras make their way on sale this year.
The appeal of Youtube 360-degree videos is that you can look around the scene while they’re playing, making action sports videos in particular that much more exciting and interactive. Viewing it on something like Oculus or Google Cardboard lets you simply move your head, as if you were there. You can also view them from YouTube’s Android app (which tracks how you’re holding the device to change what’s on screen), and on YouTube.com. YouTube says it’s working to get it on Apple’ iOS devices, and on other platforms later.
Right now, the number of these types of clips is small, but could increase now that 360-degree camera systems are coming onto the market. That includes Kickstarter phenom Giroptic and its 360cam, which records the action from three different directions, Bublcam (which records from four, 190-degree lenses), and Ricoh’s Theta.
Some footage form the 360 camera can be found here. Try them on your android device!.