YouTube Now Offers VR Support for Google Cardboard
Some months ago, Google provided VR support for its YouTube consumers on the Android platform and now they have gone in the same direction for iOS user. Along with the recent iOS YouTube update came the VR support, and with the Cardboard, users can now watch videos in virtual reality by choosing the Cardboard icon.
YouTube Update Makes Watching Media in VR Mode Possible
Virtual reality is the rave of the moment and it has seen a lot of promotion and marketing. It is gradually being integrated into different types of applications and services. Right this moment, YouTube users who install this application on their iOS devices can now view VR content with the Google Cardboard. This VR device comes cheap at a price of around $15 to $25, and you can buy it from Google’s website. All you need to do after purchasing the Cardboard is to place a smartphone into the back and start watching 360 degree VR content via the lenses in the front.
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Following tests from the guys at 9to5Google, the YouTube channel should work seamlessly on any iPhone that has the latest YouTube app installed on it. The guys who carried out the tests on the YouTube update watched a standard video in VR mode in Cardboard mode, and they were satisfied with the quality of the video.
Accessing the Cardboard Mode
You can access the feature by choosing the new cardboard button, which you can find in the same area as quality controls, caption toggles, and issue reporting. All you need do is tap the screen and bring up the menu options to do this. When you hit the Cardboard button, your screen will split into two, and you can proceed to enjoy the full VR experience. With the iPhone placed inside the Cardboard viewer and the video set in Cardboard mode, you are good to go. And you can easily return to the default view mode by tapping the screen again.
The newly launched YouTube update is now available for download on iTunes and it is free of charge. The video-sharing website was launched in February 2005 and was later bought by Google in November 2006. Everybody is free to create an account and upload any number of videos and also make comments on other videos. Ever since the release and subsequent purchase by Google, the website has gone on to become a major force in the digital age that we find ourselves and millions of people all over the world visit the site on a daily basis.