Periscope; the live stream app owned by Twitter announced today that it is now supporting 360 videos. In a blogpost by Twitter yesterday, they said you can now watch interactive 360 videos from interesting broadcasters and explore what’s happening with them. You’ll be able to get an inside look with well-known personalities and go behind the scenes at exclusive events. But the other side to this story is that the feature is not open to all for now at least. Only select partners can create these 360 videos while the rest of us watch they have created.
Starting today, you should be able to identify live 360 videos by a badge and as they explained, when you see a live video marked with a LIVE 360 badge, you can interact with it to change what you see by moving your phone or swiping the screen – all while watching live.
Right now, we don’t know the partners Periscope is extending this feature to but it says companies that are interested can join the waitlist for now. 360 videos require special and high powered camera and even if they opened this to members of the public, the number of people using such a feature could still be low anyway. So in order to maintain the experience for viewers, they may restrict this to partners who can create such content for now.