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Could YouTube “Cardboard Mode” set the tone for all virtual reality?

YouTube already rolled out the Cardboard Mode for their videos – and now it’s ready to use for their games. Grab yourself a pair of Google Cardboard glasses and get virtual. Player one, start.

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For VR gamers

YouTube Gaming has been rolling out a long list of interface improvements and features to the Play Store. As Google’s answer to Twitch, YouTube Gaming has been rapid in developing and releasing new functionality that’s sure to make any gamer happy.

Among the exciting new releases last week, YouTube Gaming announced it has added a “Cardboard Mode” for Android that allows you to watch videos in full-screen, giving a theatre-like experience. In other words, as soon as you activate “Cardboard Mode,” it’ll feel as if you’ve been transported to a theatre and are watching a big screen. You can switch to Cardboard Mode by simply tapping the Cardboard button in the overflow menu of any video.

For Android and Google Cardboard

As of now, this feature is only available for Android owners and is compatible with the Google Cardboard. Google Cardboard is a fold-out cardboard mount for a mobile phone used to provide virtual reality (VR) experience through applications and videos. It aims to enable anyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and affordable way. Google Cardboard has already taken steps to making the world of immersive more available than ever. The inclusion of “Cardboard Mode” by YouTube Gaming adds yet another new dimension to Cardboard’s immersive experiences, while also revolutionizing everyday video watching.

Cardboard Mode

With Google’s Cardboard and Facebook’s Oculus, it is no surprise VR has been steadily gaining traction in recent months. Google’s Cardboard isn’t expected to lose that traction anytime soon. The utilization of Google’s VR Cardboard for YouTube gaming is just one step toward the prevalence of VR in everyday consumer use. Expect to see this trend continue with more and more exciting product releases using Cardboard. With the increasing prevalence of Cardboard, VR will certainly continue to revolutionize everyday experiences.

Given its accessibility and ever-expanding functionality, “Cardboard Mode” might just become the everyday phrase for VR.

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With it’s release on Saturday for Android, you can already start using “Cardboard Mode” with your Google Cardboard. Don’t have a Google Cardboard yet? Get a free Star War’s themed one here


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Nichole earned a Master's in Sociology from Texas State University and has publications in peer-reviewed journals. She has spent her career in tech and advertising. Her writing interests include the intersection of tech and society. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Communication and Media Studies at Murdoch University.

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