The virtual reality, or at least 360 degree content, has become the new hot in entertainment. That of course means new territory for Google-owned YouTube to conquer. While limited to non-interactive content, just like the regular version, YouTube VR marks itself as a way to experience new worlds close and personal. Likes literally in your face. Now there are introducing new ways to experience virtual reality, either alone or with your virtual friends and strangers.
It's not exactly a groundbreaking extension, but YouTube VR's availability on Samsung Gear VR is still remarkable, especially for Samsung's Oculus-powered mobile VR platform. YouTube VR is already available on Google Daydream, HTC's VIVE, and even Sony PlayStation VR. And while Gear VR users can always watch 360 degree YouTube videos through their VR browser, having a dedicated app at least Gear VR Series more legitimate now.
YouTube also introduces a new way of making VR more than just a lonely activity. In the YouTube VR app, now available on Gear VR, you will be able to find a new "Watch Together" icon during playback controls. This will allow more users to view the same VR video together and talk about it.
And what do you want to see together? YouTube VR says it already has over 800,000 experiences, and adds something more exclusive content this summer. They range from backstage access to Portugal. The Man and Hayley Kiyoko to spend a day with historic Olympian Ibtihaj Muhammad, to watch SoKrispyMedia play a video game. YouTube is working for more and more VR content, both 360 and 180 degrees, to distinguish its position in this relatively young market. As young as, for better or worse, it does not have YouTube VR "influencers" to touch any drama yet.