On Monday, Google finally announced that its iOS YouTube app could support Cardboard – some six months after the feature was made available on Android. Those who already tried it have already seen it doesn’t disappoint.
It’s still not the completely immersive virtual reality experience that it could be, but using Google’s inexpensive Cardboard might be the best way to watch YouTube on your iPhone.
If you want to launch Cardboard mode, you just open any video on the YouTube app and tap the options button (the three vertical dots) located in the top right corner.
Support for Cardboard has been added in the form of a button that instantly enters VR mode. The split screen turned into two identical boxes will now respond to your phone’s movement, so just slide the iPhone into a Google Cardboard headset and you’re good to go.
If you haven’t yet watched a YouTube video via Google Cardboard, it feels like watching it on a big TV. Even though the phone’s display is just a few inches away from your eyes, the headset makes it feel like you’re looking at a screen on the other side of the room.
One of the things Google Cardboard for iOS doesn’t do as well is offer a crisp image, maybe because the iPhone’s display was not designed with VR in mind.
There are several zillions of videos on YouTube by now, but some are more suited for the VR mode than others. For example, if you’re watching videos shot from a first-person view with a Cardboard viewer, the new feature will definitely improve the experience.
Furthermore, Google has also figured out some clever ways to help you navigate YouTube in VR. You can tap on the phone’s display if the video gets lost off screen, as well as pause the video and skip around – with the press of a single button on the Cardboard.
The cursor is pointed with head movement, a feature that has proved rather useful; skipping to specific parts of the video should not give you any trouble.
There’s much more to virtual reality than watching YouTube videos in Cardboard mode. Google’s offering doesn’t even come close to competing with an Oculus Rift or a Gear VR, but it’s still an excellent way to get a new feeling of YouTube video without throwing your wallet out the window.
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