Last week VRFocus reported on the news that YouTube, the ever-popular online video platform, now supports virtual reality (VR) in its app on the Android operating system (OS). Fans are able to use the Google Cardboard mobile head-mounted display (HMD) to watch 360 degree footage in VR. This is hopefully just the first step in YouTube’s planned support of the technology, though it’s not clear if and when this feature might arrive on other HMDs such as the Oculus Rift. For those tired of waiting, a workaround of sorts is now available.
Guy Godin, the developer behind popular VR app, Virtual Desktop, has revealed that it is now possible to watch YouTube 360 degree videos using the Oculus Rift with the help of his software. The developer recently explained how this was possible in a new thread on Reddit. With the software installed, users need simply copy the link from the desired 360 degree footage and then paste it into the app’s video player tab. From there Virtual Desktop will download the video as the best possible quality, which will then be saved in the ‘My Videos360 Videos’ folder.
Virtual Desktop is a free app for Windows that allows for far more than 360 degree video viewing. The experience essentially presents the user’s own desktop on a huge virtual screen, meaning they can browse the web in VR. It’s even possible to play videogames in-app. While not in VR itself, this is similar to the Xbox One’s upcoming support for the Oculus Rift, while will allow players to stream their titles through the upcoming Windows 10 OS and into a virtual cinema of sorts.
VRFocus will continue to follow the latest updates on VR tech.