YouTube announced today that it will start supporting live streams of 360-degree video. Since we’re passionate about cutting edge technology at The Verge, we are partnering with YouTube to give the product its first public demonstration. You can tune in to our YouTube channel this Wednesday at 8PM ET / 5PM PT for a performance by experimental pop-R&B artist D∆WN. The experience will work on YouTube’s iOS and Android apps, as well as on the web. You can use any smartphone or tablet, or Google’s Cardboard headset.
YouTube is going to be deploying 360-degree cameras to its work spaces around the country, giving video creators a chance to experiment with this technology. At launch you can create a 360-degree live stream with cameras like the $350 Ricoh Theta, the $500 ALLie, and the $1,800 Orah 4i. YouTube also released an open API, meaning any hardware maker can try to integrate the product with their camera.
We published our first immersive 360-degree experience back in March, an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama. As the technology becomes more accessible and consumers increasingly have access to headsets that provide a truly immersive viewing experience, we’ll be experimenting with creating media on the boundary between video and virtual reality.