One year after the company introduced 360 degrees’ video on its platform, Facebook has announced that it is implementing the same capability into Facebook Live. It is indeed an interesting addition, given how the live stream function itself is a relatively new feature since most users outside of United States were only given access to it earlier this year.
The new function made its debut in a session conducted by National Geographic earlier today:
At the moment, the Live 360 implementation seems to be no different from the current user interface that Facebook Live has since the viewer counter and floating reaction icons are still there. The only new element in the interface is the viewing angle indicator that are located on the right side of the screen.
Meanwhile, expect to see more Live 360 videos to pop up on Facebook as the company updates its Live API for select Pages in the coming months. As for end users, the function is expected to be made available their Pages and Profiles some time in 2017.