YouTube has been testing 360-degree videos for a little while now, but the feature officially launched on Friday. “You could let viewers see the stage and the crowd of your concert, the sky and the ground as you wingsuit glide, or you could even have a choose-your-own-adventure video where people see a different story depending on where they look,” explained the company in a blog post.
YouTube is recommending a selection of 360-degree cameras from companies like Bublcam, Giroptic, Kodak and Ricoh for filming, with videos currently viewable through its Android app or in the Chrome web browser. iOS and other devices will follow, and presumably also virtual reality headsets in due course. Watch for a few music artists testing the feature.