YouTube adds 360 degree videos

YouTube has added 360-degree videos to its service, with users able to watch the content through their browser as well on their phones when paired with a virtual reality headset.

The online video portal suggests that the new tool could be used to let viewers “see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as you wingsuit glide, or you could even have a choose-your-own-adventure video where people see a different story depending on where they look”.

Using the YouTube app for Android, users can change the angle of videos depending on where the phone is pointing. That would allow users to put the phone in Google Cardboard, a headset that allows users to strap their phones to their heads so that they can watch films in virtual reality.

The videos can also be watched on the main YouTube website or via embedded videos in the Chrome browser.

YouTube confirmed it will bring the functionality to iPhones, iPads and other devices soon.

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