Ever since Google added virtual reality support to YouTube in November of 2015, hundreds of videos and channels have sprung up on the platform helping to transform the way people experience video. Finally, owners of both Google Cardboard and the Google Daydream headset could feel what it was like to snowboard down a high mountain or take part in a large protest, all from the comfort of their mobile device.
Since the introduction of the service, huge amounts of 360 capture devices have sprung up on the market, and the cost to own one is only going down. Now that there are thousands of 360 cameras in the hands of users all over the world, YouTube has gained quite a substantial base of content for you to explore. With so many options to choose from, we’ve gathered what we believe to be the best, and you can check them all out here.
The New York Times is best known for having some of the highest quality journalism in the world, and that core competency extends quite effectively into video. The news organization was one of the first to plunge into 360 video as well, and now produces an absolutely incredible amount of high-quality VR content available to view for free. Sure, the org releases a huge amount of video content in a regular format as well, but 360 video has become their forte’ of sorts, and we absolutely recommend you check out some of their content if you haven’t already.
Who doesn’t love National Geographic? They’re known around the world for having one some of the best wildlife photographers around, and their TV channel has been a hit with people of all ages for years now. They have a habit of jumping to the newest platforms very soon after they’re available, and actually started their standard YouTube channel way back in 2006. The advent of virtual reality and 360 video has pushed them into the future though, and there are currently 19 high quality 360 videos up on their channel at the time of publishing. Check it out!
Ever wondered what it was like to be a pro athlete, adventurist, or just someone doing absolutely crazy content on a daily basis? GoPro has the channel for you. The virtual reality section of their channel can also help you to feel like you’re in the action, experiencing the moment from the eyes of the one filming it. There is a huge amount of content uploaded to the channel already, which is only growing more extensive over time. Check out this video on what it’s like to fly around in a Jetpack below, and stat tuned for a huge of content yet to come from the company.
If you’re a car enthusiast, you probably watch a lot of content related to these high-powered racing machines. There are millions of videos on the internet detailing the ins and outs of almost every car on the face of the earth, and shows like Top Gear have made it popular to bring the intricate powerhouses to the masses. Now that many people consumer most of their video content on YouTube, it would only be natural for this genre of video to surface online and make its way into the virtual reality space. Roadshow takes what so many love about cars and puts you in the driver’s seat, letting you experience high end vehicles like you could never before. There is quite a lot of content on the channel already, and it’s unlikely that they will stop producing it, either. So sit back, strap in, and enjoy the ride.
Curious about Space? NASA is glad you are. The astral-exploring Jet Propulsion Laboratory creates a number of videos designed to pull you into the wonders of the unknown, and can even show you what it’s like to be a rover on the red planet. Though most of the content focuses on Mars, the channel has begun creating videos about other planets like Saturn. The videos are both educational and extremely enjoyable, and we recommend you check them out if you’ve ever wanted to see what it was like to drift in space, far beyond the world.
Like gaming? IGN has a channel that is sure to blow your socks off. The team has uploaded experiences from almost every major virtual reality release on the market, and even has a ton of custom content for your viewing pleasure. From exploring the history of Mario in 360 degrees to watching the team play a variety of horror games, there is content that everyone will enjoy on this channel. The channel launched just over 1 year ago, but is looking to bring you some of the most high-end gaming related content as often as possible. What more could you want?
There is surely a boatload more content available for you to find on YouTube, so just search for topics you’re interested in and you’ll be sure to find something. Check out the official YouTube VR channel to find all the content you would ever want, and let us know if there is something you think should be added to the list!