After launching support for 360-degree videos a little more than one year ago, YouTube is taking things a step further this week by launching 360-degree live streaming video. YouTube will now support 360-degree live streaming video, letting you watch an event unfold and feeling like you’re right there in the middle of it. YouTube plans to show off its new feature by live streaming select artists at Coachella this weekend.
To help add to the immersion of a 360-degree video, YouTube is also launching support for spatial audio for on-demand videos. This’ll let you listen to things just like you would in real life, with factors like distance and depth playing a role in the sound that you’re hearing. To get an idea of what spatial audio is like, you can check out this playlist of 360-degree videos an Android device.
These new features are big updates for YouTube that’ll help viewers feel more like they’re actually in the location of an event. The ability to live stream an event in 360-degree video will let you feel like you’re experiencing something first hand, while spatial audio will improve the viewing experience for viewers after an event has happened by giving them more immersive audio.
Do you ever watch any 360-degree videos?