As the tech world holds up to see what VR stuff Google shows off its I/O meeting later this week, today, the organization snuck in an update to YouTube for iOS that allows you to see any video in VR mode on Cardboard.
YouTube’s Android application has had full Cardboard support since November, yet iPhone users have been woefully in a tough situation. With today’s release, iOS users can now tap the symbol in the upper right of any video to get the option to view it in VR mode.
This is amazing news for mobile VR as YouTube basically just opened up what is likely the biggest iOS virtual reality content library.
Something to remember is this new functionality doesn’t mystically transform regular YouTube videos into 360-degree content or anything, in Cardboard mode you’re basically viewing the video in theater mode. 360 content looks marvelous in Cardboard mode however and gives you the immersive 360 experience that you can’t get in magic window mode.
According to gossips keep on flurrying around the Android VR headset that Google is supposedly launching this week, this release proves that whatever comes, the Cardboard platform is likely going to keep on being a major part of the organization’s future mobile VR system.