Google is the most important tech companies in the world, depending on who you ask.
Between YouTube, Google search and Gmail, the Mountain View, Calif.-based company created, owns and operates much of what we have come to expect from the use of the Internet. Influence of the company is so great that the name is a verb – “Could you googled a good restaurant for tonight, honey”And that’s why it’s such a huge big deal that Google pushes into virtual reality with one of its most important services: YouTube.
The company said participants in the annual I / O developer conference on Thursday that the public could 360 degree upload videos to YouTube from this summer. In addition, a VR-ready version of YouTube will be in the not too distant future in app form.
Setting clear: the world’s most popular video platform will move into virtual reality.
Here is an example of how it will work (using the arrows in the upper left corner to navigate the video in three dimensions):
This is a much more important reason to move than any of the video game and film applications that we’ve seen so far for VR, and the reasons should be clear: cat videos.
That’s no joke. People are much more interested in watching cat videos – and other stuff on YouTube – as they are still in the most popular video games.
For comparison, extremely popular (and free) game “League of Legends” has some 27 million players. YouTube has “over 1 billion” users.
Joking aside, imagine: you buy an inexpensive 360-degree video camera, warm family memories with him you take those moments to private YouTube account your family share. Watching the videos is like it all over again. And not just in a nostalgic way; with 360 degree video and a VR headset, you’re there.
With Google’s “Jump” system, that’s all possible. “Jump” is the initiative Google has visible today offers a turnkey solution for turning 360 degree video on YouTube material. Think of it this way: there is an easy way for complex video easily be turned and distributed, for playback on VR headsets. There is a standardization for the filming, distribution and display 360 degree video.
Sounds boring, right? It is! It’s the boring details behind a massively important initiative of one of the – if not “the” – the most important tech companies in the world.No VR headsets to buy now. You could build a version of Google’s board headset, or buy one of the many versions of it on Amazon from other manufacturers. But that’s not the point.
In the next 12 months, a variety of VR headsets will launch from different companies. The “killer application” is not a dogfighting space shooter for the mainstream, and it will not be a puzzle game. There will be applications such as YouTube and Netflix.Google has been working on this future, and that’s huge.