Facebook users can see 360 Photo in News Feed soon. Facebook announced on Wednesday that it will also be giving users the ability to post 360-degree photos on the News Feed in the coming weeks. As with 360-degree videos, you’ll be able to click and drag on the photos in order see them in full.
Facebook launched 360-degree video last year, which was a hit. This week the company released a list of its most popular 360-degree videos to date, most of which had over 10,000,000 views.
Contrasting 360-degree videos, virtually anyone with a smartphone will be able to create these new photos. Panoramas, photospheres and photos shot with 360-degree camera units will all be supported by Facebook when the update drops.
Like Facebook’s 360-degree video, 360-degree photos will appear in your News Feed. It will appear as still images till the viewer moves the phone or mouse around to look around the picture. Moreover, the photos will be able to be viewed by a virtual reality headset like the Samsung Gear VR or Oculus Rift.
Along with being a neat addition to the platform, 360-degree photos are also another push for users to begin adopting VR head-mounted displays (HMDs). Oculus is a part of Facebook now. Which is responsible for both the Oculus Rift and the software that runs Samsung’s Gear VR headset as well.
“You can take a panorama and upload that, or use a specialized 360 photo app,” said Eugene Wei, Oculus’ Head of Video.”
She said, “We’ve been beta-testing 360 photos internally for a while now. It’s a lot of fun. You get to share where you are; the story of your life with other people. We think it can change people’s lives.”
Facebook will release support for uploading 360-degree photo “in the next few weeks”. But Max confirmed, that they don’t have any plan to take 360 to Instagram yet.