YouTube Live-Streams in Virtual Reality

YouTube Live-Streams in Virtual Reality

YouTube are launching live-streamed 360-degree videos to its service complete with 3D sound.

The Google-owned platform said concerts from the Coachella festival in California would be the first to trial the virtual reality facility, meaning fans can experience the festival from the comfort of their homes.

Videos on their service are being enhanced with "spatial audio", which replicates the effect of sounds coming from different directions and distances in addition to binaural recordings to deliver a greater sense of presence.

YouTube made it possible to play interactive 360-degree videos on its site just over a year ago. However this new update gives the video-sharing website an advantage over its rival Facebook, which lets users post either 360-degree clips or live streams, but not videos that combine both functions.

YouTube executive Neal Mohan, wrote in a blog: “From musicians to athletes to brands, creators have done some incredible things with this technology. Now they'll be able to do even more to bring fans directly into their world, with 360-degree live-streaming."