YouTube joins the VR Fray: A Review

by Anastasia Deripaska

YouTube might have started out as just a place to watch funny videos, but it has evolved far beyond that in its two decades as a massive force on the Internet. 
In the interim since it began, it’s produced YouTube TV, made stars out of millions with its impressive recording studio and has rolled on YouTube TV that has eliminated the need of millions to even own a television anymore.
Now comes YouTube VR, a new way to experience YouTube that is forward thinking towards the way people are doing business and heading for the metaverse and the future of work.

With regards to YouTube that means using your favorite video app to explore VR experiences. Surprisingly, YouTube VR actually launched in 2016, letting people have VR experiences on a VR headset.
You can still access VR videos on YouTube from a desktop or smartphone now. But there are also opportunities for 360-degree videos and VR experiences using smartphone VR headsets.
You can use YouTube directly in the Oculus (now Meta) and DayDream environments as well.YouTube VR has a ton of custom-made VR experiences that are just for this product, such as videos from the popular “Walking Dead” TV series where you can literally step into the world of the trailer for the show’s upcoming season. YouTube VR is becoming a more and more frequent environment for developers and creators looking to extend their branding to immersive experiences.

Some of the latest features of YouTube VR include:

Cross-platform performance: Even though the interface is designed for VR headsets, you can still access everything with any device from a smartphone to a tablet to a desktop. That’s huge because not everyone has VR goggles, not to mention it takes a concerted effort to use VR goggles in most environments; most people are only comfortable strapping them on in the comfort of their own homes.Video creaton: You can create videos and share them in VR mode with anyone, whether they are members or not, or explore content from those people already creating in VR mode.

Total immersion: You can create videos to be viewed 180-degrees or even the full 360-degrees with all angles covered for the content to be truly immersive.YouTube’s features at your fingertips: YouTube has as erise of helpful user guides that can support anyone who is interested in creating a video - from old pros to novices just picking up their cameras for the first time. The idea is to make it an experience that is memorable for any skill level of the creator. Voice Search capabilities: Using the amazing Artificial Intelligence (AI) power known as Natural Language Processing, users can search for content they want without having to type in VR.