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YouTube VR comes to Steam Early Access, issues ensue

YouTube is the biggest video distribution platform in the world, but it’s still prone to issues. Every major update to the site results in some backlash or another, and this often extends to YouTube implementations on other platforms as well. Today, that platform is SteamVR.

So what happened?

The YouTube VR application on Google Daydream lets users browse YouTube in a 3D space with full 360-degree visuals, allowing 360 videos to be watched in VR. This same application was ported from Daydream to SteamVR, and unfortunately, the Steam counterpart doesn’t seem to function quite as smoothly. For some users, the YouTube VR app outright doesn’t work and simply crashes on launch. For others, it does, but is prone to horrible bugs, crashing and baffling design decisions. Among these issues is YouTube VR automatically locking to the left-hand controller, pointer control being inaccurate and no way to change video quality.

To say the least, YouTube VR for SteamVR is a bit of a disaster. While this is an “Early Access” application (Steam Early Access applications and games are in active development and not yet considered stable or complete), one would still expect better from Google, one of industry leaders in virtual reality. You can try it today, although you are better off waiting for an update.

  • I downloaded the Youtube VR app on my app. I’m glad that they have a dedicated tab which makes it easy to watch only 360 videos. But there is no option to watch only 360 videos. Once your video finishes, the next video could be a 2D video.

    If you enjoy watching travel videos on Youtube VR, checkout Travel VR on Oculus Rift and Vive. It is a free app which lets you fly around the world and then pick a country to watch 360 videos of that place.
    Over 20,000 people have downloaded the app.

    The reason VR videos are worth watching despite the low resolution mentioned by some reviewers is that they are very immersive. It feels as if you are there as opposed to just watching it as a passive bystander.