For the first time ever, YouTube will host a live stream that offers 360-degree viewing. The streams will be taking place starting today, during the second weekend of the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
“After years of live-streaming Coachella for fans around the world who can’t attend the festival, this year we’re bringing you the concert like never before by live streaming the festival in 360 degrees with select artist performances,” said YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan, in a blog post.
The move comes just one year after the May 2015 launch of 360-degree video support. 360-degree live streaming will be available for all users, with additional support for spacial audio, in an effort to provide an even more immersive experience. In the blog post, Mohan wrote about how all YouTube Spaces would soon be equipped with both 360 live streaming and spacial audio equipment, so that creators who meet the entry threshold can use this technology without massive investments on their end.
The Verge created the first ever 360-degree stream in a 30 minute event from YouTube Space LA on Wednesday, but the real debut of this technology’s capabilities is set for Coachella, which runs from Friday until Sunday.
Select 360-degree videos from weekend one of Coachella are already available on demand.