YouTube announced on Thursday two new features for its Android app that expand the video site’s use of virtual reality, giving the new technology its biggest platform yet, Reuters reported.
The app now supports VR video, a format that gives viewers what the company says are more realistic 360-degree perspectives of films, the report said.
To view it, a user can call up a virtual reality video on the YouTube app, click a button on the video for VR mode, and place the phone in Alphabet Inc’s “Cardboard” device.
Makers of virtual reality content can upload VR videos compatible with the Cardboard viewer directly to YouTube.
YouTube said there are about a dozen VR videos, including one stemming from the “Hunger Games” movies.
The company also announced that viewers can see its vast library of videos with a more limited virtual reality experience, also using Cardboard.
The videos will resemble what a viewer would see on an IMAX theater screen, it said.
The YouTube app with the updated Cardboard technology is currently only available for Android phones but the company says it will also release an iOS version soon.
Sample a YouTube VR video:
For the full effect, watch them in a Google Cardboard viewer (g.co/cardboard)
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