YouTube’s virtual reality app is adding a biggie to its list of compatible devices with Samsung’s Gear VR headset.
The move should open up YouTube VR to many more potential users. Last year, IDC said Samsung was leading the VR headset market with 21.5% of the market. The app was previously available for Daydream View, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR.
YouTube said the VR app for Gear VR will be available from the Oculus Store beginning this week.
YouTube VR is also adding a new feature, “Watch Together,” that lets users watch and discuss videos with others in a communal, virtual space.
YouTube VR is also expanding its content slate that already contains more than 800,000 virtual experiences. New content includes backstage experiences with performers Portugal. The Man, Hayley Kiyoko, a new series titled “The Female Planet” and an action series from SoKrispyMedia.
As YouTube continues to grow as one of the most substantial sources for VR content, its parent company Google continues to work with media companies on expanding available slates of VR programming.
Earlier this year, NBCUniversal and Google announced a partnership to produce virtual reality content based on shows from NBC’s broadcast network and various cable channels.
NBCU and Google are planning at least 10 multiepisode VR productions. The first output from the deal will include original content from “Saturday Night Live,” Bravo Media’s “Vanderpump Rules” and SYFY WIRE. Later on, NBCU and Google plan to collaborate on VR projects for E!, NBC, NBC News, NBC Sports, SYFY, Telemundo and USA Network.
The shows are being produced by using Jump, Google’s platform that uses VR cameras and automated stitching.