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YouTube Announces New VR Features for its App

Google has been making a big push into virtual reality (VR) through its Google Cardboard project and YouTube now supporting 360 degree video content. This week the company announced two new VR features arriving on its Android app. These two features are VR video and the option to now watch any YouTube content using Google Cardboard.

Now YouTube has supported 360 degree videos and Google Cardboard since earlier this year, and the VR Videos YouTube has listed seem to be in the same vein as the stereoscopic experiences. The difference looks to be the terminology as YouTube has never referred to the 360 degree videos as VR, while many would term them the same. Those with an Android phone and Cardboard head-mounted display (HMD) should be able to get the update and see for themselves.

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The second part of the update features a kind of ‘virtual movie theatre’, for the app. Users select the cardboard viewing option, pop it in the HMD and watch the video on what looks like a very large screen. Thus allowing the sites massive content library to be enjoyed through the headset.

VRFocus will continue to follow all the latest news and announcements on YouTube’s VR content closely, reporting back any new details.