Google has been a company which has always looked forward towards the direction of progress. The company has been keeping the fact in mind that it has lagged behind in the world of Virtual Reality when it comes to having a VR device, as despite having the Google Glass as well as the Google Cardboard, two of the first names into Virtual Reality, the company does not have something as substantial as the Hololens or the Oculus or the HTC Vive Pre. The company, however has taken a different approach. If they cant have the device that views the content, they have the storehouse of all the conent! YouTube. As per reports, YouTube is soon expected to live stream 360 degree videos.
Even in 2015, the company had showed interest in investing in 360 degree videos, and according to BuzzFeed News’s sources, YouTube is in talks with camera manufacturers over establishing an infrastructure that facilitates the same.
Users would be able to enjoy an immersive experience in newer worlds, while they sit in their rooms.
However, even if the company does intend at coming out with live streaming of 360 degree videos, there are only a few cameras which could support that at this moment. Even the cameras which do support this tend to have issues with video quality being of a low-output.
A statement from The Verge sums the problems up quite well, stating that: “most cameras capable of producing 360-degree videos shoot several videos at the same time, only pulling together the finalized footage after filming is complete. That’s fine for videos you want to upload later, but to live stream, a platform would need to know the exact specifications of each camera and be capable of processing this information into a coherent video for the stream.”
It looks like we still would have to wait for quite a while before we actually get to see live streaming 360 degree videos.