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Major Differences Between Virtual Reality and 360 videos

VR or Virtual Reality is a simulation generated on a computer. The immersive involvement can be experienced while putting on special headsets. A viewer can experience VR at any place or situation from the comfort of their home. This concept is not a new one though.


On the other hand, 360 videos are filmed using special cameras. These cameras are capable of capturing all angles. The viewers of 360 videos can move around within the video by moving their mobile devices. This a comparatively new concept than VR (Virtual Reality).


Let’s have a look at some differences between Virtual Reality and 360 video

  • The way they are filmed

In the case of virtual reality, the viewer sees an environment that is generated in a computer on their screen. It is not reality but a stimulation. The creators, while using this technology have the liberty to create different types of digital fantasies. On the other hand, 360 video is live-action. It displays reality that is filmed by a camera person.

  • Mobility of the user

The user possesses the liberty to move around while wearing a Virtual Reality headset. They are also free to move around wherever they want within the digitally created. However, the user is limited to a cameraman’s pre-recorded footage, therefore it is not as flexible as virtual reality.

  • Timing of the video

Various events can be witnessed by the user in virtual reality. These simulations are created for the user to explore, they may or may not be realistic. The user can have access to it for as long as possible and keep exploring. The end of this experience is when the viewer takes their headset off. On the other hand, 360 video concludes as soon as the cameraman decided to stop recording. The duration of the video entirely depends on the footage that has been captured by the camera person.

  • Platforms that they use

A headset like Google Cardboard and Facebook Oculus is used to experience virtual reality. However, 360 videos can be viewed on 360 video-compatible mobile phones and desktops. The viewer has to look at the screen of their devices to experience 360 videos. They can move around within the video by touching the screen or by moving their devices.


The advancement of technology has made various companies and independent business owners invest in these technologies. Statistically, 360 Video and Virtual Reality have proved to become great marketing tools for various businesses. For more information visit https://www.2govr.com/


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