At the Samsung Unpacked event, Barcelona, today, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was enthusiastic about the future of virtual reality (VR). Concentrating his efforts on promoting the benefits of 360 degree video, Zuckerberg unveiled Facebook’s Dynamic Streaming technology, purportedly increasing video resolution in VR by 4x.
“Our powerful dynamic streaming technology for 360 video is coming to Gear VR,” reads an official statement from Facebook. “It’s a more efficient way of delivering 360 videos, showing only the pixels you’re actually looking at in the highest quality, instead of delivering the entire 360 video in high resolution.”
Dynamic Streaming is based upon an algorithm that accounts for ‘dozens of variants’ for every 360 degree video that gets uploaded to Facebook. Tailored to a specific viewing angle, as a user watches the video the techonology rapidly adjusts which variant is displayed based on where the viewer is looking.
“By doing this, we’ve quadrupled the resolution quality of 360 streaming video in VR by reducing the amount of required network bandwidth by 4x — so videos look clearer and play faster,” reads the statement. “We’re excited to bring this to Gear VR in the next few weeks.”
Zuckerberg also revealed today that more than 1 million hours of video have been watched via the Gear VR, while Samsung themselves unveiled the Gear 360 camera for creating such content. VRFocus will keep you updated with all aspects of 360 degree video and content creation for the Gear VR.