YouTube on iOS gets Google Cardboard support for VR videos


YouTube users on iOS can now experience VR videos on Google Cardboard, thanks to the app’s latest update.

Version 11.18 has launched Google Cardboard support, so viewers can “watch any video in VR”.

YouTube has supported 360 degree videos since May 2015, and late last year the functionality was released for the Android version of the app.

But now, iOS device owners only need to perform the update and then choose the Cardboard icon beneath any video.  

YouTube has also created a playlist of VR videos for those interested in a more immersive visual experience, alongside a video explaining exactly what VR videos are about.

The release comes as Google’s I/O conference kicks off in California today. It’s expected to announce news around a standalone Google VR headset, following leaked information this week from betaworks entrepreneur-in-residence Peter Rojas.

One thing is almost certain however from the news of the latest iOS release; it’s not giving up on it’s affordable Google Cardboard headset anytime soon.


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