YouTube has added full support for Google’s Cardboard virtual reality (VR) headset for the iOS version of its mobile app.
The move means that owners of the cheap headsets will be able to watch 360-degree YouTube videos simply by opening the app and going to the 360-degree channel on the streaming service.
Support for 360-degree video is nothing new for YouTube, as the option has been available for over a year, and YouTube Google Cardboard compatibility has been available for Android smartphones since September.
But tweaking the iOS app has given iPhone users the chance to stick their faces into VR videos without the need to dig around for a complex workaround.
And this is a good thing given that YouTube now supports the live streaming of 360-degree videos, meaning that more immersive videos of things like band performances can be streamed almost directly into the eyes of fans.
Adding more support for Google Cardboard across multiple devices and VR headsets is a good way for YouTube to keep ahead of its rivals. Amazon also appears to be getting stuck into VR and is likely to add 360-degree video support for the Amazon Video service.
Owners of VR headsets have plenty of options to view 360-degree videos and films in VR environments, especially if they use a device and headset that runs the Oculus app.
The move from Google follows on from its announcement last year that it has started selling its headset in the UK for the sum of just £15 as it looks to increase the number of people getting to experience VR for the first time.
While this is primairly aimed at consumers the move could mean that businesses also get the chance to test out VR and consider how they could incorporate it into their operations.
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