While YouTube can already bring you the experience of attending a live event from afar, it's looking to make that experience much more immersive with the launch of 360-degree live streaming. This means live streams can be even more engaging, allowing streamers and viewers to interact in new ways.
We first launched support for 360-degree videos back in March 2015. From musicians to athletes to brands, creators have done some incredible things with this technology. Now, they'll be able to do even more to bring fans directly into their world, with 360-degree live streaming.
To kick things off, Google says it will be showing off 360-degree live streaming with select artist performances from the Coachella music festival this week. Google also notes that it will outfit all YouTube Space around the world with 360-degree live streaming tech so YouTube creators everywhere can try it out.
Finally, to go along with the theme of immersion, YouTube is also launching spatial audio for on-demand videos today. Essentially, spatial audio will let viewers experience sound the way they do in real life. Distance, intensity and position of the sound source will change how you hear things as you look around, which means VR experiences can be even more engaging. If you'd like to try out spatial audio for yourself, Google has put together a playlist that you can check out on your Android device.