Gadgets 360 Staff, 30 March 2017
- It only works with compatible cameras featuring Live 360 integration
- The company also announced support for spatial audio
- Live 360 was formally only available to Pages
Facebook on Wednesday announced that its Live 360 streaming service is now open to all users. However, they will still need a compatible 360-degree camera with Live 360 integration. The announcement comes shortly after Samsung revealed the new version of its Gear 360 spherical camera, which adds support for live streaming apart from 4K and iPhone support.
Making the announcement in a blog post, Facebook listed a range of compatible 360-degree cameras. These are the Samsung Gear 360 (2017), Giroptic IO, Insta360, ALLie Camera, Z CAM S1, and Nokia Ozo. The company said it is working with other manufacturers to add more compatible cameras.
The social network also announced support for spatial audio, which Facebook says gives "viewers the ability to experience 360-degree sound just as they would in real life." While there aren't any cameras with integrated support for spatial audio in Live 360 yet, and are coming soon, Facebook says it will introduce ways to include spatial audio manually through an ambisonic microphone.
As for how to start a Live 360 broadcast, Facebook points people to its guide, adding that they can just as easily follow the steps shown on compatible cameras. Users can alternatively choose to generate a stream for standalone cameras.
To recall, Facebook's Live 360 service was first unveiled in December, and at the time, was only available to Pages. It had tied up with National Geographic to debut the service. With Wednesday's announcement, it is now available for all Pages and Profiles.