YouTube, Daydream Introduce Simplified VR180 Virtual Reality Format

The VR180 format also supports livestreams, allowing creators and viewers to essentially be in the same room together. However, when viewed in a VR headset, the same clip turns into an 180-degree experience.

Google wants to boost VR content and to do that it has launched an all new video format.

The new format will work with headsets that support Google's Cardboard and Daydream VR platforms, along with the YouTube app made for Sony's PlayStation VR device. These new products, YouTube says, will make creating high-quality VR videos cheap and easy for everyone. "You can get really close to the camera", she said - something that often can't be done with 360-degree video cameras. The difference for the viewer is that if they view the footage in VR and try to look behind them, all they'll see is black.

There's no word on which cameras might now work with VR180, but the blog post did say that it is working with manufacturers like Yi, Lenovo, and LG to make new cameras specifically for it.

"VR180 video focuses on what's in front of you, are high resolution, and look great on desktop and on mobile". It also follows a stat YouTube recently published, noting that most people spent about 75 percent of their time looking at 90 degrees of any 360-degree video.

Everyone expects that VR will be the next big consumer technology, and with this new format, YouTube has shown it's got Google's back when it comes to things like Daydream. Anyone who has one of these cameras will be able to easily record their own VR180 videos and then share them on YouTube for anyone to watch. They will be as easy to use as point-and-shoot cameras, for around the same price. "Cameras from YI, Lenovo, and LG are on the way, and the first ones will hit shelves this winter".

YouTube knows it has to seed the new VR180 ecosystem with content, so it already has a number of cameras available at its YouTube Spaces studios in cities like Los Angeles, New York, London, and Paris.

  • Zachary Reyes