Google has confirmed that it will soon add native support for 360-degree videos on YouTube, reports Gizmodo.
The company has only mentioned a rough timeframe for this new feature, saying that it is “working to support 360 degree videos in the coming weeks.”
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While such immersive content has been making waves online already, it hasn’t yet been available on a mainstream service like YouTube. Giroptic, makers of what it claims to be the world’s first 360-degree full HD camera, told The Verge that its 360cam will be the first of its kind to be supported natively by YouTube.
The French camera maker also said that Google will also allow 360cam users to map real-world locations by uploading videos to Street View.
With more 360-degree capable devices (including the Ricoh Theta) arriving on shelves, and with 360-degree video coming to VR headsets, these new avenues to showcase immersive content might just be the boost they need to become more popular among enthusiasts and amateurs alike.
We’ve contacted Google for more details, and will update this post when we hear back.
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