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YouTube launches virtual reality application

by on November 12, 2016
 

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YouTube has recently launched a brand new virtual reality application, offering up new ways to view and create content for people around the globe.

“We’re inspired every day by the videos people share on YouTube,” they stated on the official blog. “The idea that anybody, from any part of the globe, can create something that all of us can watch, laugh at, cry to, or relate to. Not only has this turned YouTube into a home for just about any idea imaginable, it’s made it the place where new video formats, new ways to connect, and new ways to tell stories are born.”

They went on to express their belief that virtual reality will play an important role in the future of storytelling, and, as such, they have committed to give creators space and resources to learn about, experiment with, and create virtual reality video.

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Virtual reality allows people to be able to have experiences and visit places that they otherwise might not be able, or even dare, to, in real life. If you want to go swimming with sharks, you can via Curiscope. The Natural History Museum in London allows you to get a first-hand look at a living, breathing dinosaur. StyleHaul allows you to travel to Belie, while Fitness Blender allows you to hike a trail a thousand miles away with Daniel and Kelly. Or, if you’re more into music, you can watch Tritonal in concert no matter where you are. Check out a video below:

The YouTube VR application has been built from the ground up and optimized for virtual reality. Those interested require a Daydream-ready phone, such as Pixel, as well as the new Daydream View headset and controller. Once obtained, every video on the platform becomes an immersive virtual reality experience, and also includes familiar features such as voice search and a signed in experience that allows you to follow channels you subscribe to, check out your playlists, and more.

What are your thoughts on YouTube VR?

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