Facebook launches 360 Video on Facebook

Facebook is launching 360 Video. If you are on Desktop or an Android phone these few days, you might be able to spot a 360 video on Facebook. As the name implies, it allow 360 view of the special video. And in the near future, you might be able to upload your own 360 video too.


Based on Chris Cox, the Chief Product Officer at Facebook, the first video to show off this 360 video feature is Star Wars which will allow viewers to explore the planet Jakku while traveling on Rey’s speeder.

I could not find the actual 360 video. Maybe you will need to wait a while. In the meanwhile, check out this simulation video.

Today we’re launching 360 video on Facebook. Starting very soon, anyone will be able to upload 360 video, and if you’re on a desktop or Android (or an iPhone in the coming months), you can pan around the video while it’s playing in your News Feed. On the phone especially, slowly turning around and tilting your device up and down to watch a scene as it’s playing is a really cool experience that takes you somewhere else. It’s the kind of thing that you run over to show someone else the moment you first see it.To showcase the technology, Disney is releasing a brand new, exclusive 360 experience for the upcoming Star Wars film today on Facebook, which will allow viewers to explore the planet Jakku while traveling on Rey’s speeder. I’m embarrassed to say I don’t know what that means, but we are honored to have such a legendary launch partner.A bunch of great partners have come up with really interesting takes on what can be done with 360 that are also launching today — shark diving with the Discovery Channel, on the set of the 40th anniversary of SNL, on-the-ground reporting in Afghanistan from VICE, motocross riding in the Idaho desert with with GoPro, LeBron James taking you inside his training routine. It’s an open-ended format, so we’re really excited to see what creators around the world come up with as they get their hands on it.

Posted by Chris Cox on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hopefully, we can see more of such immersive videos in the future.

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