Guide: How to watch 360° Youtube Videos on Vive or Rift

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How to watch 360-degree Youtube Videos on HTC Vive or Oculus Rift

With the rising trend of 3D, 180-degree and 360-degree videos currently, movie making and video viewing have obviously been spun to a whole new level. However, the full immersive and cinematic experience of such videos can only be more appreciated when viewed in a virtual reality environment where you can look at a single object from different angles.

So many VR users want to know how to watch 360 YouTube Vive and Rift videos that are now trending since none of the known VR headsets come with an official YouTube app that can let them watch YouTube on Oculus Rift or HTC Vive.

Since their release, there hasn’t been any perfect native Rift or HTC Vive 360 video player that lets you watch 360-degree movies the right way from a remote stream or directly from your local drive. As a result, VR users have been in search for an alternative solution that will let them watch YouTube on Oculus Rift as well as to watch and stream 360-degree movies or YouTube videos with the HTC Vive headset.

This article reviews some third-party applications like YTVR Vive and easy to follow steps for each on how to watch 360 YouTube Vive videos as well as how to watch YouTube on Oculus Rift in 360-degrees for an immersive three-dimensional viewing experience.

VIRTUAL DESKTOP

WATCH 360-DEGREE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH VIRTUAL DESKTOP
If you are in search of how to watch 360 YouTube Rift or Vive videos, Virtual Desktop is one of the best alternative PC applications that let you watch 360-degree videos in Virtual Reality.

Virtual Desktop also lets you stream YouTube videos remotely or play them from a local drive after it’s been downloaded. It runs on Windows 8 and 10 currently and does not support Windows 7.

It lets you watch YouTube videos at high-quality video streaming on a giant virtual screen without experiencing frame rate drops, and it also supports side-by-side 3D videos It is compatible with input devices like keyboard, mouse and tracked motion controllers and you can play standing or on a seat.


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However, Virtual Desktop is not a free app but it delivers just enough at its price. Here is an easy-to-follow guide on how to watch 360 YouTube Rift and Vive videos:

HOW TO WATCH 360-DEGREE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH VIRTUAL DESKTOP

  1. Install and launch the Virtual Desktop application on your PC. .
  2. Click on the button to open Youtube and find the video you wish to watch.
  3. You can as well filter your searches to show only 360-degree Youtube videos if you browse the “Youtube Virtual Reality Channel.”
  4. Click on the “share” button to generate the video’s URL.
  5. From the Virtual Desktop application, click on the “Videos” option and the video will start to play.

VIVE VIDEO

WATCH 360-DEGREE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH VIVE VIDEO
Vive video is a native HTC Vive 360 video player application for PC specially designed by HTC as an official video playing solution. Vive Video works fine with the Oculus Rift and some other headsets too, but unfortunately without support for Youtube streaming on any VR headset including its own native Vive. You can only play your 360-degree videos directly from your local drive after you must have manually downloaded them. However, it is totally free to download Vive Video and it is available on Steam and VivePort!

The software integrates with your VR headset to deliver a cinematic and immersive 3D video experience while watching 180-degrees and 360-degree Youtube videos with your VR headset.

Vive video is built with support for motion controllers like that of the Oculus or HTC and you can use other input devices like a gamepad, keyboard as well as a mouse with the software.


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Natively, Vive Video does not render the videos you play in 360 degrees even if they are compatible files. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to watch 360 YouTube Vive and Rift videos;

HOW TO WATCH 360-DEGREE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH VIVE VIDEO

  1. After a successful download of the compatible Youtube video that you wish to watch, launch the Vive Video application.
  2. With the built-in file picker in Vive Video, locate the downloaded Youtube video on your PC’s local drive.
  3. Click on the video thumbnail for playback.
  4. At the bottom right-hand corner of the software interface is an eye icon labeled “Select Viewing Mode”.
  5. Select the “Mono” option (or otherwise if you chose a format different from this while downloading the video) and click “Next”.
  6. Select “360” from the listed options and click on “Done”.

DEO VR

WATCH 360-DEGREE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH DEO VR
Deo VR, just like the YTVR Vive, is a new and easy-to-use video player that lets you watch 3D movies as well as 360-degree YouTube videos through your headset. The video files can either be remotely streamed or accessed on your local drive via the application.

This Oculus Rift and HTC Vive 360 video player have support for game controllers and other input devices like your mouse and keyboard. Alternatively to the mouse, you can also use your gaze to control the app with your headset.

This kind of integration gives you the power to select any Youtube video from the website without having to take off the headset from your face!


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Below are step-by-step instructions on how to watch 360 YouTube Rift and Vive videos;

HOW TO WATCH 360-DEGREE YOUTUBE VIDEOS WITH DEO VR

  1. Download and install Deo VR software to your PC.
  2. Launch the Deo VR software on your computer.
  3. From the main menu on the top left corner of the software’s interface is an option to choose the file source.
  4. Click on the button to open Youtube and browse through the site to select your choice of video.
  5. You can as well filter your searches to show only 360-degree Youtube videos if you browse the “Youtube Virtual Reality Channel.”
  6. Click on the “share” button and copy the generated URL.
  7. Put your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset back on and with your controller, select the second icon from the left. This will play and render the video in 360 degrees.

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