Visbit Launches Web-Based VR Player & Unity SDK
Visbit makes a play for 360-degree video streaming innovation.
Visbit has today released a Unity SDK and a Web VR Player, expanding the all-in-one virtual reality (VR) streaming service across all mobile VR platforms and most web browsers. The Unity SDK, also available from today, brings support for Google Daydream View and Cardboard for iOS.
“Unity support has been a long-time request from our customers. We are proud to bring 4K+ VR video streaming to the Unity community,” said Dr. Changyin Zhou, Visbit co-founder and CEO. “We’re also adding the Web VR Player, which dramatically reduces the difficulties of distribution and improves access for general consumers of VR and 360-degree experiences. Now content creators can generate a web link on the Publisher Portal to share their work, or embed video links on their website, while still protecting their content with domain-level privacy.”
This release marks a significant service expansion for the company. In addition to the Samsung Gear VR and Cardboard for Android, which Visbit already supports, the Unity SDK adds support for Google Daydream View and Cardboard for iOS. Though streaming is optimised overall, the Unity SDK stands out when used to develop Android apps for Google Cardboard because it pulls on patented VVOS technology, allowing 4K and above resolution streaming over regular WiFi and LTE networks, with little to no latency.
Visbit’s newly released Web VR Player is compatible with a wide range of mobile and desktop browsers. Though it does not use VVOS technology, it still allows for the smooth playback of 360-degree VR videos, even in 4K and stereoscopic, and can do so in panning, gyro and VR modes on Chrome, Safari, FireFox and Microsoft Edge. Videos are also protected with domain-level privacy to ensure that they are played only where the IP owner wants.
Along with this product expansion comes a new pricing structure, which includes a Web Only Plan for those who may not need the advanced features designed for mobile apps and a Free Plan for those who are just getting started. Visbit is currently in open beta and customers can sign up at www.visbit.co. VRFocus will keep you updated with future expansions of the VR streaming service from Visbit, including desktop and console VR headsets.