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Facebook goes Live in 360-degrees for anybody with a 360 camera

Tyrone Stewart

Facebook is giving everybody the opportunity to livestream in 360° – after initially debuting the feature back in December when it teamed up with National Geographic. Since then, Facebook has slowly made the feature available to more users – and now it’s available to everyone.

In addition, Facebook has integrated with a selection of 360 cameras – meaning users can access Live 360 video from the cameras’ interface. Compatible cameras currently include Samsung Gear 360 (2017), Giroptic IO, Insta360, Allie Camera, Z Cam S1 and Nokia Ozo.

To start a Live 360 broadcast on Facebook, users can either follow the steps on one of the above integrated cameras or create a stream from standalone 360 cameras.

“Since launching Live 360 in December, we’ve seen the authenticity of Facebook Live and the immersive nature of 360 media come together to transport people into moments and experiences—right as they happen,” said Facebook in a post.

Along with the global rollout of Live 360, Facebook is also introducing spatial audio – to enable viewers to ‘experience 360° sound just as they would in real life’.