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PlayStation VR Now Supports 360-Degree YouTube Videos

Even more reason to spend hours in VR.

Last month we started seeing early hints that PSVR would begin supporting 360-degree videos within the YouTube app. As Engadget pointed out though, only some early PSVR owners got the update — which was reported as being poor in quality with videos capped at 1080p.

Now it looks like PlayStation may have ironed out all the kinks from their early tests — announcing an update for the YouTube app that will let you watch 360-degree videos in headset.

The newly added support for YouTube’s app will let you step beyond a giant virtual screen floating in front of you and explore the world in 360-degrees.

Considering the massive library of 360-degree videos that is YouTube, today’s update should be a pleasant surprise for many PSVR owners and help keep you busy during a cold winter snow day.

sony-kygo-playstation-vrWe got our first of an official YouTube VR app when it launched on Daydream back in November. The YouTube VR app joined a slew of other official Google apps on the platform, including VR versions of Street View, Play Movies, Google Photos and Google Arts & Culture.

In November, SuperData released revised sales estimates for the PlayStation VR, downgrading the figure to roughly 745k units in 2016 (their previous estimate was 2.6 million), likely due to Sony taking a more prudent approach in holding back marketing spend until the company can better position the PSVR with their upgraded Pro console system — and of course get YouTube 360 videos on the platform, right?

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Jonathan Nafarrete

Jonathan Nafarrete is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of VRScout.

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