Samsung has published the Milk VR app to the Play Store, allowing those who are able to download and install the app to their smartphone a way to enjoy VR without a headset. This catalogue of content includes 360-degree videos that can be manipulated during playback, much like you would using Streetview on Google Maps.
All you need to do is hit play and then pan your phone around to change the view on-screen. Other platforms and services are already supporting 360-degree content, including the likes of YouTube. As noted by Variety, content is provided by various partners, including Mountain Dew, the NBA, 20th Century Fox and Skybound Entertainment. Here are some highlights of the app itself:
- Search or browse the ever expanding library of Samsung Milk VR 360 video content
- Play any video directly on your Samsung phone, even without your Gear VR headset
- Explore your 360 world either by moving your phone left/right or using touch navigation
- Download to play your videos in Gear VR for an even more immersive experience
Unfortunately, only a select few Samsung handsets are supported: Galaxy S7, Galaxy S7 edge, Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6, Galaxy S6 edge and Galaxy S6 edge+. Interested in learning more about Milk VR? Check out the official website for featured content and more details. You can also download Milk VR from the Play Store. Note that the app appears to be region restricted.