YouTube VR arrives to Oculus Go

Alfred Osborne
November 15, 2018

As announced back in September by Oculus, YouTube VR has finally arrived for the Oculus Go, turning every video on YouTube into a virtual reality experience.

That's why using the app with the Oculus Go should prove so much more engrossing, as you're able to turn your head and view a video from any angle you choose. Like the Daydream version, you can use controllers and other input methods to type text in VR to search videos, leave comments and more, or you can use voice controls.

The app will be available in the Oculus Store, joining similar apps for Samsung Gear VR, Sony PlayStation VR, Google Daydream VR, and desktop VR headsets.

At Facebook's Oculus Connect conference, CTO John Carmack said roughly 70% of the time spent by users on the Go device was in watching videos, while only 30% of users spent their time on Oculus Go devices playing games.

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Additionally, the company also introduced a casting feature that will let people easily stream their VR experiences to friends on mobile devices or TVs.

YouTube VR supports both 360-degree videos as well as YouTube's special VR180 format, though you'll have to look harder for those since they're not in a category of their own. Facebook also implemented Oculus TV, a feature still in development which offers plenty of 2D content in a social environment.

While a lot of people expected VR to be used for gaming, surprisingly, a lot of users turned out to be using it for media consumption instead, using it to watch Netflix and Hulu.

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