STEAM 360 Video Player Available in Beta Version
360 degrees videos are not nearly as immersive as Virtual Reality experiences, but they are quickly becoming popular among people on YouTube and Facebook.
Valve Releases Steam 360 Video Player
Valve’s Steam 360 Video Player uses an adaptive streaming from Pixvana, which enables playback with just one click on your HTC Vive or Oculus Rift headset. According to Valve, even if you don’t own a VR headset, the Steam 360 video player will support playback on your desktop PC with navigation and control by mouse.
“The Steam 360 Video Player, which allows for instant playback of VR movies and other linear VR shorts and shows, is now available in beta. The Steam 360 Video player leverages the Pixvana SPIN Studio technology to enable adaptive streaming in Steam VR, eliminating the need to launch a separate application for playback of linear VR content.”
Steam 360’s playback requires people to run Windows 10 64-bit. The minimum specs recommended demand that you install at least an AMD Radeon R9 290 or a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPU. If you want to play with 4K x 4K stereo video you need to bring the big guns: a GTX 1070.
Steam’s marketplace offers users some sample videos so you can have an idea of what it is, you can even watch the recently released video of Alien Covenant in Utero.