YouTube VR Is Now On Samsung Gear VR — And With A New Shared Viewing Feature
Now you can watch YouTube with friends, no matter which reality you’re in.
Streaming giant YouTube has recently announced VR compatibility with Samsung — making YouTube VR available for all Gear VR users. The app has traditionally only been available via Daydream View, HTC Vive, and PlayStation VR.
In an official blog post from the company, YouTube VR Product Lead Erin Teague explained the company’s intention to make VR experiences available and accessible to the millions of users not already on a compatible headset.
We want everyone with a VR headset to be able to experience YouTube VR…. Starting today, we’re expanding access to millions of people with Gear VR headsets. You’ll be able to download the app from the Oculus Store for free starting this week.
There is no mention of YouTube VR on Oculus — and most notably not for Oculus Go, the company’s standalone headset launched earlier this summer.
This move will certainly curb the frustration felt by Gear VR users left to navigate YouTube via a web browser, but maybe more notable: YouTube has also included Gear VR in its rollout of the “Watch Together” feature.
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“[T]oday we’re introducing a new feature in the YouTube VR app that lets you watch and discuss videos with others in a communal, virtual space,” Teague said.
First announced during Google I/O 2017, this co-watching feature allows multiple people to join the same 360-degree video by joining “parties.”
“We believe that one of the best ways to experience VR is with other people,” Teague said.