YouTube has come up with virtual reality feature for Android users to offer 360-degree videos that will make one feel like in the middle of the action.
However, critics say the feature is not same as what is being offered on an immersive VR headset such as Oculus Rift, which is more captivating than the latest offer of Google-owned YouTube.
The new feature will support VR-enabled videos, which are much like 360-degree video to give a sense of depth as one looks around in all the direction.
To experience the VR videos one needs an Android smartphone, latest version of the YouTube app and also the Google Cardboard virtual-reality headset.
The Google Cardboard VR headset can be substituted with any other certified viewing peripheral.
The VR videos available on YouTube are now limited. Below are few of those:
WORLD TOUR: A Jump VR Video
RESONANCE: A Jump VR Video
Avicii – Waiting For Love (Jump VR Video)
GoPro Spherical: New York City VR Short on Odyssey
Gorillas in the Congo: A Jump VR Video
The Hunger Games – Virtual Reality Experience (VR Video)
Apollo 11 VR video trailer
Experience the TOMBS Virtual Giving Trip
Waves of Grace
Walking New York (VR Video)
MINECRAFT VR SHOWREEL – First Minercraft VR Video
Grand Canyon Jump VR Video
Amid the announcement, The New York Times too has launched its new VR app dubbed as NYT VR debuting New Times Magazine and The Displaced feature films.
The first shows making of a recent magazine cover and the second is a story of three children who were swept up in the refugee crisis.