Search engine giant Google’s YouTube VR application will now be available for the Samsung Gear VR. The company made the announcement on July 25, 2018 and added that the app will be launched this week. This means that the virtual reality video service will be available for millions of people. The YouTube VR is known as the 3D world that is stuffed with the existing content and channels of YouTube.
This also includes the access to videos which are specifically formatted for the VR devices. So far the service was limited in terms of availability on just a few platforms and was first launched on Google’s Daydream Video for Pixel and Pixel XL phones. It was gradually launched on the PlayStation VR and HTC Vive. The PlayStation VR is the only platform which has more than two million users.
The new app will now be available from the Oculus Store and will be available for free download for Gear VR that can radically increase the base of the users. South Korean giant Samsung had in 2017 said that it had sold more than five million Gear VR accessories to turn some of its phones in to basic VR devices. But it is still unknown how many continue to use it. The search engine giant has said that the YouTube VR will provide the users with additional exclusive content this summer and will be a boost to its existing collection of 800,000 VR experiences. Some of the new videos will also include the behind-the-scenes looks at the musicians at the VR180 Rockstar VR series, game-themed racing video from SoKrispyMedia and a day in the life of Olympic bronze medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
For the Daydream and Gear VR users they will also have the ability to watch and discuss the videos with others in a communal virtual space. There is also a Watch Together button which has been added beneath the Daydream View’s and the Gear VR’s apps’ play controls.
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