You Can Now Watch Any YouTube Video With Google Cardboard
The big, immersive VR technologies like Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR might not be available yet but virtual reality products that provide a 360-degree experience have been available for some time.
One such product is Google Cardboard, a simple and cheap yet effective VR product that allows users to experience virtual reality through their smartphones and now this experience is coming to YouTube videos as well.
While technically YouTube had already launched 360-degree viewing support for videos earlier this year, their Android app has now been updated to provide full support for Cardboard-compatible VR headsets. The newly added support also increases upon the previous VR experience by offering video support through Cardboard even if the video wasn’t created using VR in mind.
YouTube app has a pretty huge playlist of 360-degree content which the players can view. To start their journey through the virtual reality world, all they need to do is press the cardboard button on the video, slide their smartphone into the viewer and enjoy full immersion.
There’s another part of YouTube’s VR push, where you can load any existing video on YouTube and see it in a Cardboard-friendly UI. This option is found in the overflow option menu when watching a video, where it will shrink down the video and mirror it on both halves on the screen.