Facebook adds support for 360-degree videos in News Feed

September 24, 2015

Facebook on Wednesday started rolling out 360-degree videos to users’ News Feeds, the first tangible use of technology the social network acquired as part of its $2 billion purchase of Oculus VR.

The first batch of 360-degree videos consists of marketing material from publishing partners. A clip from Saturday Night Live, for example, lets viewers comb around during the opening segment of the show’s 40th anniversary episode while a separate video from GoPro lets watchers enjoy the sights of Ronnie Renner jumping sand dunes in Idaho from all angles.

To interact with a video on the web, simply grab and move around the video using the mouse cursor. On a mobile device, all you need to do is move the device in the direction you want to look.

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