Following in the footsteps of Facebook and other innovators in the virtual reality and immersive 360 video space, Twitter on Wednesday announced a major update.
Alessandro Sabatelli, Director AR and VR, confirmed the news on Twitter.
“Today, we’re introducing a new way to see what’s happening on Twitter – through live 360 video,” Sabatelli wrote.
“Starting today,” he added, “you can check out live, interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what’s happening with them. You’ll be able to get an inside look with well-known personalities and go behind the scenes at exclusive events.”
According to Sabatelli, users who see a video marked with a LIVE 360 badge can “interact with it to change what you see by moving your phone or swiping the screen – all while watching live.”
Although the future looks bright for this new offering, we’re told that while everyone on Twitter and Periscope can watch live 360 videos, “currently only select partners can go live in 360 via Periscope.”
To learn more, check out the Periscope blog here.