YouTube VR Gets New Watch Together Feature, Comes to Gear VR

YouTube VR Gets New Watch Together Feature, Comes to Gear VR

Google has now finally chose to release an official YouTube VR app for Samsung Gear VR, the most popular mobile VR headset in the market.

Samsung Gear VR is one of the most used virtual reality devices, something logical if we consider that Samsung is the world leader in the smartphone market. The YouTube VR app should be arriving in the Oculus Store starting this week, so if you've got a headset, keep an eye out.

YouTube VR is branching out. The YouTube VR app exists on Sony PlayStation VR, Google Daydream View and the HTC Vive and Samsung among the major players entered little late. Considering both the Daydream and Gear VR are based on Android, it is quite surprising that Google took this long to bring the official YouTube app to the Gear VR platform.

It's also noteworthy that Gear VR is powered by Facebook's Oculus software. Plus, a new episode of The Female Planet series features Olympic bronze medalist fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad. "We believe that one of the best ways to experience VR is with other people".

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It will also let you chat with your buds via mic while you watch VR media, and you can share content to the room for the audience to enjoy in sync. It's all part of the VR180 Rockstar VR series, and gamers will get a behind-the-scenes look into the lives of other musicians as well.

Google enabled a new "Watch Together" icon underneath the playback controls which will allow multiple users to view the same VR video together and talk about it. For example, new content from SoKrispyMedia "puts you in the middle of a video game, where you can race to escape a digital world before a glitch traps you there forever".

The YouTube VR app lets you explore the site in a 3D VR setting.

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