Difference between 360 Photo/Videos and Virtual Reality (VR)

There are many misconceptions among us about how 360 photo/videos and virtual reality (VR) are different. Let us take a moment to understand the differences.

360 photos provide a lightweight way to explore a static area and can be ideal for immersive observation of surroundings area. 360 photos are good for immersive observation, while 360 videos are best for interaction and exploration. 360 videos give a stunning and captivating way to share stories through the power of sights and motion.

Below is an example of 360 video posted by National Geographic channel.

Check out Facebook 360 Fb page Facebook 360 and Youtube Virtual Reality channel Playlist on Best of 360 for many such examples on 360°  videos.

Virtual reality (VR) typically refers to computer technologies that use virtual reality headsets to be worn by us to generate the realistic images, sounds and other sensations that replicate a real environment that we sense or create an imaginary setting.

Virtual Reality headset. Image source: Flickr

Virtual Reality (VR) also simulates a user’s physical presence in this environment. VR has been defined as “a realistic and immersive simulation of a 3-Dimensional 360° environment that has a greater degree of immersion and interactivity than 360 video content, created by using interactive software, hardware, and experienced or controlled by body movement” or as an immersive, interactive user experience generated by a computer or any other device.

A person wearing the virtual reality headset (equipment) can “look around” the artificial world, and with high quality, VR moves about in it and interact with features or items depicted in the headset. Virtual reality is displayed with a virtual reality headset. VR headsets are head-mounted goggles with a screen in front of the eyes. Programs may include audio and sound through speakers or headphones.

With Facebook 360 features introduced by Facebook, we can showcase most compelling stories by bringing the viewer inside the story to experience the sights and sounds of the scene.

On mobile devices, we can view and explore the 360 photo or video from different angles by tilting or turning our phone or dragging the image on the screen with our finger. When you hold up your phone, the 360 content will follow you as you turn, allowing us to look around and experience things from all over the world like never before.On the web, you can view different perspectives by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor.

On the desktop devices, we can view different perspectives (position) by clicking and dragging the mouse cursor.

Once 360 photos or videos has been uploaded onto Facebook on Youtube, the content can also be viewable with the Gear VR headset.

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