Facebook is adding support for 360-degree videos in its News Feed. The feature is rolling out first for web-based users along with the Facebook Android app, with iOS support due “in the coming months.”
To create 360 videos, a special set of cameras is used to record all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously. This means that when the video is playing on Facebook, you can choose what angle you want to see it from. On the web you can do this by dragging around the video with your cursor, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger — or even just by turning your device. You’ll be able to hold up your phone and the 360 video will follow you as you turn, looking around, to experience things from all over the world like never before.
A number of companies have already uploaded 360 videos on Facebook. Perhaps the biggest one is from Disney and Lucasfilm, who have posted a new clip based on the forthcoming movie Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The video allows viewers to ride on a speeder racing across the Jakku desert.