YouTube has just announced that it is bringing its YouTube VR app to Samsung Gear VR headsets. According to a detailed post on the YouTube blog, the company shared detailed about the rollout including a new feature that allows users to share their VR experience with the YouTube community. If you happen to own a Samsung Gear VR headset then you will be able to download the YouTube VR app from the Oculus Store from this week. Though Gear VR users could access VR content available on YouTube using the Gear VR web browser arrival of the native app is much better for the overall experience.
Samsung seems to be late to the party as the app is already available on Daydream View, HTC Vive, and the PlayStation VR, but as they say, better late than never. Though, one notable thing to note here is that YouTube VR is still not present on Oculus Go, a self-contained headset that Facebook launched back in May. As mentioned above, the company has announced a new feature where it will allow users to watch or rather ‘experience VR’ with other people. This means that more you can watch VR content with other people on YouTube and discuss the content “in a communal, virtual space”.
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To get started with the feature of sharing the VR viewing experience with others, users need to tap on the “Watch Together” icon below the media playback controls from the Gear VR, or Daydream View options.
YouTube also announced that to bolster the VR content on the platform, it will be bringing the “backstage with Portugal. The Man”, “Hayley Kiyoko”, and a few other musicians with the help of the VR180 Rockstar VR series. The company also announced a new episode of its series “The Female Planet” series with Ibtihaj Muhammad, an Olympic bronze medalist in fencing for the United States and an action video by ‘SoKrispyMedia’ to put the user inside a video game.