Virtual Reality truly does seem to be the next big thing in the technology industry at the moment, more than that though is the combination of VR and 360-degree videos which are a perfect fit for the VR platform. Although you can view VR videos and experience what they have to offer through devices like smartphone and tablet screens as well as on the web through sites like Facebook and YouTube, VR lends itself well to the video type as it likely makes viewers feel much more immersed in the content since they can actually look around and see what's around them.
Today, GoPro has launched a new mobile app for Android devices called GoPro VR, which as users might expect is aimed at delivering an app experience that allows anyone to view different things through the lenses of a VR headset just like they were actually there. With the GoPro VR app, you could be skydiving for the first time without really having to physically jump out of a plane yourself or you could be experiencing an extremely intense roller coaster ride to conquer your fear of the twists and turns. The app, which is compatible with multiple different VR headset types allows users to spin around and view the 360-degree videos from any angle while also being able to zoom in and out if they feel like taking a closer look at anything they see during the video.
While the app was designed to deliver 360-degree videos in a VR setting, users can still view the videos without a VR headset if they don't have the headset on them or if they simply don't own one at all. This makes the app much more versatile and lets virtually anyone use it. For devices that support it and are powerful enough to handle it, GoPro VR will even render videos at up to 60fps making sure things view as smooth as possible. Beyond having public videos inside the app that users can stream, they can also play their own locally stored videos from their device if they wish. GoPro VR is free, and can already be picked up in the Play Store.