The YouTube VR App released today and I don’t know about you – but WOAH this virtual reality thing is now bigger than anything I could imagine. Virtual Reality has gone mainstream, something I never thought possible.
In order to get started, you just need a Daydream-ready phone like Pixel and the new Daydream View headset and controller.
What is Daydream View?
The Daydream View headset and controller is designed for an easy, comfortable viewing experience. The Daydream view headset is lightweight and is made to fit over most eyeglasses. You can even wash it.
The Daydream controller lets you interact with the virtual world. It has smart sensors that understand your movements and gestures and an adjustable volume button that lets you turn up your experience.
Using the Daydream View is simple. You just drop in your phone and you’re ready to go.
Daydream View does require a Daydream-ready phone. Currently the only Daydream-ready phone is the Google Pixel.
YouTube VR App
The YouTube VR app was designed to give you a more immersive way to experience YouTube. This new standalone app was built from the ground up, optimized for VR. It will let you view 360-degree videos in a whole new way.
The videos on the YouTube VR app stay front and center. You can just lean back and enjoy your favorite videos and creators without needless movement. The video screen can be repositioned for the most comfortable experience possible. You don’t need to stand and spin to take in the entire 360-degree VR experience – just grab the screen and move it to experience it.
Ready to take it all in? Here are a view videos to check out – after you download the YouTube VR app (or, just use the navigation on the upper left if you are viewing elsewhere.)
Mr. Robot: Virtual Reality Experience – 360°
Gorillas in the Congo: A Jump VR Video
GoPro VR: Tahiti Surf with Anthony Walsh and Matahi Drollet