YouTube’s Android app now supports virtual reality videos, giving viewers what’s claimed to be more realistic 360-degree perspectives of films. Users can call up a virtual reality video on the YouTube app, click a button on the video for VR mode, and place the phone in Alphabet’s Cardboard device, pictured.
Cardboard is a handheld device made from standard box material that creates a VR viewing experience. Makers of virtual reality content can upload VR videos compatible with the Cardboard viewer directly to YouTube.
The YouTube VR project competes with Facebook’s Oculus Rift which is scheduled for release next year