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First Time Trying 360-degrees Videos on YouTube VR

I bought my Oculus Quest 2 VR headset to get into VR. That was a few weeks ago. Today was the first time I tried YouTube VR.

I was blown away by how amazing 360° videos feel when you experience them through a virtual reality headset.

The first three videos I tried is a Paris Travel 360° VR video, one in the Safari in Africa showing elephants, and the last one was of a slow levitation over Luzern, Switzerland in Autumn.

It didn’t take long that I understand the huge potential of 360° videos for so many industries.

Now, in COVID-19 (Coronavirus), this is the best stress reliever. Many of us can’t travel or won’t dare to and stay at home or in a confined location most days. With not knowing when the next time we’ll be able to travel, Virtual Reality (VR) offers the best escape.

YouTube VR is compatible with Oculus Quest, Oculus Go, PlayStation VR, Lenovo Mirage Solo, Daydream View, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and Gear VR according to the official website.

Although the low screen resolution of the Oculus Quest 2 displays impairs the experience, I still enjoyed it a lot. I can’t imagine how it would be like watching YouTube VR on a higher resolution display where what I see will really look real to me.

It’s so amazing seeing animal documentaries–seeing an elephant in its real size compared to a TV screen, regardless its size. It’s so comfortable (when filmed correctly) and I can enter that getaway every time I want.

For example, one of my favorite spots in the world is Montreux Switzerland. There is a place near Geneva river that I want to be there every single day of my life since the last time I’ve been there.

With 360° Virtual Reality (VR) videos I can do that. Although I won’t get to enjoy the smells, the fresh air, the weather or touch the snow–I can at least “be there”. Just seat down, think about nothing, just enjoy the beauty of nature.

I also took a 360° rollercoaster ride. In fact, you don’t need a rollercoaster VR game to enjoy a rollercoaster ride, unless you want interactivity. But that type of experience actually felt off because you can’t feel the forces that acts on your body—still was nice.

I also enjoyed seeing an amazing 360° VR video of surfers. Being able–first the first time in my life–ride a surfboard like a pro in the most beautiful places in the world.

360° videos is exactly what I need right now, because I can only dream about being in the places I want to visit abroad. The only way to cross those borders and be in those places–at least for now–is using virtual reality.

Tomorrow I am going to spend a lot more time trying out many of those 360° videos on YouTube VR to really get the feeling of what’s possible and enjoy all the amazing videos, creators and videographers were able to capture–What an amazing technology!