YouTube wants to get you close and personal with virtual reality.
Google announced that the YouTube Android app now support videos shot specifically for VR and will reformat anything in the vault for replay on a Cardboard-compatible viewer.
YouTube now supports videos shot specifically for VR. Credit: YouTube
If you want to go deeper into the VR rabbit hole, you’re now able to watch any YouTube video with your VR viewer. When you launch a new video in the Android app just touch the Cardboard icon and it will reconfigure itself. The video still plays in 2D, albeit in a "virtual theater."
Any video on YouTube will now reformat for your VR viewer. Credit: YouTube
Google also threw in some updates to the Cardboard app, such as a splashy new introduction video and more realistic screenshots for other apps that work with Cardboard.
Why this matters: Google is making a big push into virtual reality with its Cardboard effort, which is an open source and low cost model for VR goggles. The technology is pretty new (although there are some good apps to try out), so time will tell if this is really the future or another fad.
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