Facebook is Going 360

Facebook is Going 360

Facebook is getting a dose of virtual reality. This social media success  announced that they were going to enable 360 degree videos on their news feed on Wednesday the 16th, according to cnn.com.

 In a press release, Facebook announced, “ In order to make 360 videos, a special set of cameras is used to record all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously.” Users will be able to move their devices around to see in any direction or manipulate the video angle with their cursors or their fingers.

This does not  mean all new videos will be 360 degree videos since only specific cameras can create 360 degree footage, but Facebook thinks it will only be a matter of time until we all go 360, according o their press release.

In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friends vacation to France or a festival in Brazil — you’ll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there,” video engineering director Maher Saba wrote in the release. “Along with updates from your friends and family, you will also be able to discover amazing new content on Facebook from media companies, organizations, and individual creators.”

You can already experience some 360-degree videos on YouTube if you have a Google Cardboard headset. In June, YouTube enabled the surround vision for its mobile app when a device is attached to one of Google’s cardboard virtual reality headsets, which retail for a few dollars.