In companion with Google Daydream, YouTube VR is set to release sometime later this year. The plan, according to an article from The Verge, is to introduce a co-watching experience. In other words, users will be able to enter rooms together and watch videos at the same time. They will be able to communicate with each other with voice chat while they watch. Have no fear, however, because the user will not be forced to watch videos with other people. Instead, they will have the option to merge rooms with other people who are watching the same videos. On top of this users will be able to see if other people are watching videos in a room before they even click on it.
If you’re wondering what the rooms will look like you aren’t alone. Inside the room is described to be what sounds like a cross between Netflix VR and Altspace VR. If you haven’t seen either of these, Netflix VR is essentially a room with a relatively large viewing screen and a living room as you’re surroundings. Alternatively, Altspace VR is a place you can communicate with other people who appear in the form of customizable avatars. This is what YouTube VR is planning to accomplish when they try to redefine the market for watching videos online.
Considering everything that YouTube is used for, this program will most certainly be used for leisure, but the possible applications extend much farther. If you are trying to learn something through YouTube VR you would have the ability to talk about it with other people watching who may be able to help if you’re confused. We will see if YouTube VR can accomplish everything they say they will later this year!