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YouTube’s entire video library now works with Google Cardboard

by Jacob Kleinman | November 5, 2015November 5, 2015 4:00 pm PST

YouTube announced an update on Thursday that will turn the site’s massive video library into virtual reality viewing material. All you need is an Android phone and a Google Cardboard headset.

First of all, the company is adding support for VR videos. That’s different from the 360-degree videos already available on YouTube. With this new format you get a better sense of depth and a more immersive experience overall. The site already features some VR videos, and Google is making it easy for creators to upload their own as well.

The bigger news may be that every YouTube video can now be viewed on Cardboard. Just launch a video on your phone, hit the settings button, and then tap on the Cardboard icon. The format will quickly switch to support a VR headset. It won’t be as realistic as a video specifically created for virtual reality, but you’ll still get a cinematic experience.

YouTube already updated its Android app, so you can grab it now via the link below. There’s no word on when iPhone owners will get the same new features, though hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...