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VR180 is Here: High quality Stereoscopic 3D for Oculus, Cardboards, and Other Viewers

Google just launched the VR180 immersive video format: Same fun but half the bandwidth request on your internet connection. And VR180 will also support live streaming.

As the name suggests, VR180 halves the viewing angle, but improves on quality and also adds stereoscopic 3D into the mix. Production is a lot easier than with 360VR because you keep a lot of space off camera for ligthing, props, and of course the D.O.P. chair.

Watch one of the very first demos here under - in 3D with a compatible viewer!

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There are already a handful of VR180 videos on YouTube featured by Google itself, though they look just like regular YouTube videos on browsers (on the PC, the small "mask" icon is not visible if you don't have a VR viewer connected). Still, you’ll be able to view them with headsets like YouTube, Cardboard, and PlayStation VR (PSVR), where they’ll take up your entire view if you look forwards, but you’ll notice the borders when looking around.

Lots of Advantages

The best feature of the new format is that creators now have a bit more freedom to share normal videos that give something a little extra to users with mobile headsets like Cardboard and Daydream. Interestingly, YouTube is also making the videos viewable on the PlayStation VR YouTube app, which launched in January.

By only displaying half of the sphere at the same 4K resolution, everything looks significantly sharper and the stereoscopic 3D goes from gimmicky to worthwhile. Meanwhile, views in the app aren’t the pixelated windows they generally were in 360 and are actually tolerable to watch.