Today, Opera launched a new version of their desktop browser that includes 360° / VR video player support. This release, which is part of a project codenamed Reborn, also includes several new social features and an easier setup.
According to Opera’s press release and blog post:
“Opera has made VR 360 online video more accessible. In this stable release, Opera provides a built-in VR 360 video player. This feature was introduced in Opera 49 developer version, making Opera the first desktop browser to support 360-degree video streaming to most virtual reality headsets today. Owners of HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and other OpenVR-compatible devices can now easily view the quickly-growing library of awesome 360-degree content.”
“The newest Opera developer version comes with VR 360 player feature enabled and will automatically detect an installed VR headset. When a user browses to a video, a button above the video (next to Opera’s video pop out button) labeled ‘Watch in VR’ will appear. One simple click will engulf the viewer into the 360-degree world offered by the video.”
Learn more about this version, and other improvements, in their desktop team blog post.
Download the Opera browser here.
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Sean Earley is the podcast host and Executive Editor of AR/VR Magazine, Modern Musician Magazine & co-founder of RobotSpaceship Podcast Network. He is the Director of New Biz Development, PR and Publishing at KEMWEB, a musician, producer & consultant. He loves guitars, VR and coffee.