A handful of streaming sites, social services and content sharing systems have made their way over to virtual reality (VR) over the past year, perhaps the most obvious of which being Netflix. Today sees photo uploading platform Flickr launch a brand new version of its own service for the Gear VR smartphone-based head-mounted display (HMD) from both Samsung and Oculus VR. However, this is much more than a simple viewing gallery for Flickr’s existing service.
As you might expect, the Flickr VR app supports 360 degree photos, allowing users to put on the Gear VR and step inside of these images, using head-tracking technology to look around as if they were really there. Flickr claims to already feature over 60,000 VR photos, giving viewers a robust amount of content to explore from launch.
“FlickR is committed to inspiring photographers worldwide by creating world-class tools and beautiful photo displays across new and emerging devices,” an official description for the app reads. “With Flickr’s growing corpus of more than 60,000 VR photos, be the first to explore one of the largest and most beautiful collections of 360 degree images in the world.”
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all releases for Gear VR, reporting back with the latest updates on them.