A couple of months ago Oculus made the long-awaited announcement that YouTube VR would finally be coming to its standalone headset, Oculus Go. That time has now come, with Oculus Go owners now able to download the app for free via Oculus Store.
The app gives Oculus Go access to the video platform’s massive library of immersive, 3D 360° and VR180° content, allowing viewers to watch the videos as intended – rather than on a flat screen controlling the viewpoint with a mouse.
Oculus Go is now the latest headset to feature YouTube VR, with Google’s own Daydream View the very first to include support. HTC Vive acquired the app last year, with customers able to download it via Steam, and so did PlayStation VR. It was only Oculus that was left out.
With other apps looking to fill that gap Google likely didn’t want to lose its dominance in the video market, so it brought YouTube to Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR almost at the same time this summer, via Steam and Oculus Store respectively.
There are more than 800,000 experiences available through the app, and if you already have a YouTube account, you can sign into the app and view your subscriptions, playlists, watch history, and more. Plus, to make searching the myriad of content easier – without having to type on a virtual keyboard – the app includes a voice search function.
The addition to Oculus Go only helps to support main functionality, which Oculus has previously mentioned is watching entertainment. CTO John Carmack discussed during Oculus Connect 5 (OC5) that Oculus Go users tended to veer towards apps like Netflix and Hulu, while Oculus Rift owners were gamers predominantly.
As the Oculus Go content lineup increases, VRFocus will report back with the latest additions.