Twitter has launched live 360 video for both the main service and Periscope. The feature allows users to check out streams from select broadcasters at the moment.
“With 360 video on Periscope, you can experience moments with the broadcaster and take a look around — it’s one step closer to actually being there,” said Team Periscope in a blog post. “Starting today, you’ll be able to join live 360 videos on Periscope and Twitter from some incredible broadcasters — getting front-row access at exclusive events, traveling to places across the globe, and getting up close with well-known personalities.”
Both Periscope and Twitter explain how users will be able to enjoy and interact with 360 broadcasts simply by finding videos with a “LIVE 360” badge. From there viewers can swipe around the viewing area to see not only what the broadcaster sees ahead of them, but to their sides and behind them. So far live 360 video can only be initiated on Periscope, but can be viewed on both services.
Currently live 360 video is open to a few partners and could eventually become open to everyone—much like live streaming on Facebook going from celebrities and news agencies to everyone. If you’d like to get in on being able to broadcast with live 360 video, you can try to get on the waitlist.