Don’t get me wrong, 360-degree videos are definitely cool, but they feel like little more than a gimmick when you’re sitting there viewing them on web browser, and 3D videos are even worse. YouTube is just warming up though, and the addition of these two different types of videos was just to prepare us for the inevitable launch of virtual reality videos, which YouTube just announced will be available very soon.
YouTube has revealed that it is working on virtual reality 3D, 360-degree videos support. Announced during VidCon 2015, YouTube tweeted: “Virtual reality is coming to YouTube with 3D, 360-degree video. More details soon! #VidCon” So far, YouTube does have a slew of 360-degree videos already available that you can view by clicking up, down or left and right using your keyboard. YouTube also already supports 3D videos as well, so it was only a matter of time before it introduced VR videos. Unfortunately, YouTube hasn’t announced when VR video support will be launched, but it is clear that the VR videos will work with Google Cardboard, considering the photo it attached to its tweet. Google is also currently testing VR camera-rigs, so an interest in VR and VR video creation has clearly been a focus for the company for a while. The search-giant also plans on making its Spotlight Stories 360-degree films available on YouTube soon as well.