Twitter May Be Going VR Soon With 360 Live Streaming on Periscope

Select Twitter users can now broadcast 360-degree video on Periscope.


Yesterday, Alex Pettitt became the first Twitter user to transmit a 360 Periscope video. Periscope is Twitter's platform for live streaming that allows for native embedding right into a Tweet.

The video Pettitt posted is only him walking down a Florida boardwalk, but having 360-degree video streaming capabilities in the hands of the general public is a huge step for the format. This is great news for VR headset aficionados who are craving a more diverse and quality selection of video content to view. Unfortunately, Periscope doesn't yet have support for viewing through any VR headset, but that might change in the future.

If you happen to see a Periscope video marked with "LIVE 360," you can pan the camera on your computer, tablet, or phone in an entire 360 radius. For now, only select Periscope partners can broadcast in 360 during the testing phase. However, the Periscope blog introducing the 360 feature states that they'll be rolling the feature out to a larger number of broadcasters in the coming weeks. There's also a waitlist available for those who want to be informed when they can begin broadcasting in 360.

To broadcast in 360 videos, users will need a unique camera. For now the only compatible one confirmed, via UploadVR, is the Insta360 Nanon 360 Degree Video Camera for iPhone. This camera will set you back $199.00 and is compatible with iPhone 6 and up.

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