YouTube is adding a new type of feature to Google’s Daydream VR platform, one that would let you watch videos with your friends from around the world in the same room.
YouTube VR, as it’s being called, is something the company calls a “co-watching experience”. Coming later this year, it adds shared virtual rooms you can create and access through Daydream with VR headsets, which will set you and your friends in the middle of 360-degree videos you can watch.
Another big change will be that shared viewers means we don’t need to use text to communicate anymore. Instead, the ever present YouTube comments section will be replaced by simple voice chat.
Google describes community as one of the core pillars that makes YouTube what it is, and the company is placing a clear focus on that. Users will appear online as customisable mini avatars and will be able to speak out loud in real time instead of leaving messages for others to see. Users will also have control over what they watch as always, but now they’ll also be able to see what other people are watching and sync to the same video as well.
It already sounds like Oculus Rooms, a special feature introduced for the Gear VR. However, YouTube VR could easily outstrip any competitors by sure virtue of its brand. We’ll just have to see how accessible VR headsets become, to know how well this can do.
Image courtesy: The Verge