Not so long ago, Facebook announced a 360-degree broadcast feature it was testing. It will be available to some partners “in the coming months.” However, Twitter got ahead and launched Periscope 360.
Details of the new Periscope 360
Twitter has had a rough year with the constant decline of users in the platform. More pressure came in when publishers went back to Facebook because of its increased user/viewership due to Facebook Live. It is, however, standing its ground in the market and launched 360-degree video streams in Periscope.
It is the second significant update of Periscope. The iOS and Android app is for the sole purpose of live video streaming. It was acquired by Twitter in 2015.
Like how Facebook’s version was introduced, Periscope 360 may be viewed by everyone. However, those who can stream videos are select partners only, at least for now. The company however said that it will be rolled out more broadly in the coming weeks. It was unclear though if it will be made available to the general public.
A Twitter spokesperson said that Twitter is not paying these partners to promote and use the product. According to a report by The Verge, Alex Pettit posted the first Periscope live stream using the 360 feature.
— Alex Pettitt (@Alexpettitt) December 28, 2016
Viewers will know which videos have this feature as a “Live 360” badge can bee seen in both the Twitter and Periscope apps. To view the said videos, one can simply move or tilt the phone in the desired direction or in the case of desktop viewing, click and drag. It is to note that the quality of the video is not particularly great. But then again, 360-degree video streams generally does not have good quality.
Although the feature is available to view on a desktop, it is limited to some browsers. As reported by 9to5 Mac, Safari currently does not support watching 360 videos.