So far, there have been few ways to consume 360 degree videos from YouTube. A mobile phone can be used in a VR headset, for an immersive stereoscopic experience. Alternatively, on smartphones and tablets, the finger could be used to swipe to look around the 360 degree videos. The second option allows for mono 360 degree videos. At the Google I/O 2017, YouTube announced plans to bring 360 degree videos to the biggest screen in the homes of users.
Watching 360 degree videos on television is a more immersive experience than smartphones, even if the video is available only in mono. The controls for looking around are linked to the arrow buttons on the remote. The facility will be available through the YouTube app itself, wherever it is available. This includes chromecast dongles, streaming devices, gaming consoles and Smart TVs. Sarah Ali, head of living room products at Google, introduced the new feature. The catalogue of YouTube live videos can be accessed through voice search where supported, but there was more.