Facebook has just announced that it’s adding support for 360-degree videos in its News Feed. When you see a 360-video on the desktop, you’ll be able to click and drag your mouse around the video player to look around. When you’re on a smartphone or tablet, though, you’ll be able to tilt, twist and turn your mobile device to look around, just like you would using a virtual reality headset. You can use your finger to move the video around on mobile devices, too.
To create 360-degree videos you’ll need a special set of cameras, similar to what GoPro showed off at Google I/O a few months ago. These camera rigs can get really pricey, so you probably won’t see too many 360-degree videos show up on your feeds anytime soon.
To give us a good look at what these videos will look like on Facebook’s site, a number of publishers have already begun sharing their own 360 videos. The most interesting of the bunch is a new video based off Star Wars: The Force Awakens that takes place in the Jakku desert. If you’re a Star Wars fan, you’re probably going to want to check it out.
You should already be able to see 360-degree videos on Facebook on the web and in the Android application. This feature will roll out to iOS users in a few months.