There are only a few days to go until the anticipated launch of standalone head-mounted display (HMD) Oculus Quest. In the runup, it’s been revealed that Google’s YouTube VR app will support the device from day one.
With Oculus hoping to entice new consumers into virtual reality (VR) with Oculus Quest, having a familiar app like YouTube should only help to make the headset more appealing to a wider audience thanks to the growing amount of immersive content uploaded to the platform.
“We want to bring the YouTube VR app to as many people with a VR headset as possible. With more than 1 million VR videos and experiences on YouTube, we want to make sure all new Oculus Quest users and VR fans are able to able to access the diverse library of immersive content on YouTube,” says YouTube VR Product Lead Kurt Wilms on Oculus Blog.
You don’t need a dedicated app to watch YouTube on Oculus Quest as you can simply head to the website via the Oculus Browser. But just like the other versions for Oculus Go, PlayStation VR, Google Daydream, HTC Vive, and Oculus Rift, YouTube VR makes accessing the sites vast amount of content that little bit easier and quicker, especially when looking for 180 or 360-degree video content.
“We hope people get excited about all of the incredible content being created on YouTube every day! There’s a ton of amazing videos just waiting to be discovered. We hope that Oculus users can see and experience something totally unique that they wouldn’t be able to do otherwise,” Wilms adds.
The addition of YouTube VR adds to the burgeoning lineup of content for Oculus Quest, from Funktronic Labs announcing musical gardening adventure Fujii, to Polyarc revealing that not only would Moss be a launch day title but the headset would get a new content update first. There are in fact well over 50 videogames and apps coming to the HMD for launch day next Tuesday, 21st May, which should keep most new owners happy for a while.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Oculus Quest, reporting back with the latest content updates.