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This article was published on March 29, 2017


Facebook opens 360 livestreaming to everyone

Facebook opens 360 livestreaming to everyone
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Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback Rachel is a writer and former game critic from Central Texas. She enjoys gaming, writing mystery stories, streaming on Twitch, and horseback riding. Check her Twitter for curmudgeonly criticisms.

Prepare to see a whole lot more 360 videos on your Newsfeed. Facebook now allows anyone to stream 360 videos to their Page or Profile, provided they have the right camera.

Facebook launched 360 videos last year, but only to select Pages. Now anyone from your college buddies to your grandmother can stream 360 live.

Facebook is also supporting spatial audio for 360 broadcasts. This audio format allows listeners to hear the broadcast in 360 — in other words, as they would if they were actually there. Currently there are no cameras that support spatial audio for Live 360 natively, but Facebook says ambisonic microphones will work.

Certain cameras allow you to see all reactions and comments to your livestream within the interface. There are several cameras that support this, including the latest Samsung Gear 360, Insta360, and professional cameras like the Nokia Ozo.

Live 360 video is now available for all Facebook Pages and Profiles.

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