VLC Player now supports 360 videos, will 'probably' support VR in 2017

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VLC Player, the popular media player most recognisable by its orange-and-white traffic cone symbol, has said it will “probably” support VR headsets such as Google’s Daydream, the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift next year.

The company has just released VLR 360, which people can use to watch 360 videos and photos ‘out of the box’.

VLC Player rose to fame in the early 2000s as as free, open source, cross-platform media player that supported many audio/video compression methods and file formats.

Now, it’s updating its capabilities to support even more new file formats with its 3.0 final release, including playback of 360 videos following the spatial video spec, as well as photos and panoramas with the spherical spec.

Its display moods will include ‘zoom’, ‘little planet’ and ‘reverse little planet’ which you can control with your mouse and keyboard. In true VLR Player style, the new updates will be open source and cross-platform, on both Mac and Windows.

Future releases from VLC will see 360 features becoming available for Android, iOS and Xbox One, as well as 3D audio playback and tracking headphones. It’ll also “probably” support VR headsets from next year onward, the company added.  

The platform partnered up with Giroptic, a US-based company specialising in 360 and VR imaging technologies. to deliver its latest 360 functionality.

"VLC is one of the video players most widely used in the world. We are very proud to contribute our expertise in 360° to this open source player. This will allow the millions of VLC users to take full advantage of a promising new technology and be widely involved in its democratization.", said Richard Ollier, co-founder and CEO of Giroptic.

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