If you ever wondered how it would be like to watch a video and see all of its surroundings, you can wonder no more. Facebook launched 360-degree videos as of last Wednesday and the reception has been quit astonishing. You can now watch a video and “perform” a 360 degree rotation, allowing you the experience the video at its fullest.
The first round of 360 videos was released on Wednesday and it served as marketing material for some anticipated or very appreciated movies and series. We are talking about big names such as NBC’s Saturday Night live, Go Pro and even Star Wars. We can see that Facebook is not messing around with these new videos and promoting such big names are only going to make them more popular.
If you want to know exactly what you can see I each video, here is what they have to offer: the Star Wars one allows you to look around a post-apocalyptic desert planet, where you can see a lot of broken ships fallen down from the sky; The Saturday Night Live video will make you feel as if you were there on the night it celebrated its 40th anniversary and the Go Pro will show you how it feels like to participate in a dirt bike ride in the Idaho desert.
Now if you want to know exactly how the feature works, it is quite simple. If you are on a desktop PC, you just need to “grab” the screen with your mouse and drag in any direction that you want to see. On smartphones, however, you need to tilt the device in the direction that you want. It is very easy to use, so you might want to give it a try. It is worth your time.
Needless to say, 360 videos are best viewed on desktop PCs. Some smartphones might just throw a message at yo9u saying that “360 Video is not yet available for this device”. While Facebook claims that 360 videos do work for Android, a quick test on CNN Money proved otherwise. iOS devices are going to be looked at by Facebook and will receive an update in the months to come.
It is quite a step forward in technology and entertainment as well and while only a limited number of videos have been released, more and more are expected to follow.
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