YouTube on TV is uber-popular, 360-degree video support coming soon

An Nvidia Shield Android TV game controller panning around a You Tube 360 video.                  Sarah Tew  CNET

Over at the Google I/O 2017, the tech giant announced the update that will hopefull attract more consumers.

All the new features are coming later this year. It will also feature two wide-angle cameras along with motion sensors to detect movement, and according to The Verge, the standalone headset will ship with a Daydream controller.

The Shared Rooms offers what YouTube VR product lead Erin Teague calls a "co-watching experience". It has potential to make numerous users on board with the daydream platform. YouTube is working on an update to its VR app that will let people watch the same videos together in virtual "shared rooms". While this could get a bit rowdy with too many people, watching a 360 video with your friends should allow for ample discussion of the content being displayed all around you.

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Are you excited for the feature? Since then, developers have been scrambling to make social VR experiences explode into the mainstream, and things like Rec Room have made this possible on other headsets like the HTC Vive.

Separately, Google is also bringing augmented reality features to Chrome for Tango-supported phones. The company didn't detail whether this would be random users so we'll have to see how much auditory spam there's going to be.

VR is often slammed for being an isolating experience, but companies like Facebook and Google are making strides to make it more social.

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