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Facebook Launches 360-Degree Video Support For News Feed

09/23/2015 04:25 EDT | Updated 09/23/2015 05:59 EDT

Roll up your sleeves and get ready for some phone tilting, mouse clicking immersive content. Facebook is bringing the future to your News Feed with 360-degree videos.

The company announced Wednesday that its platform for web and Android users will now support the videos that allow users to view a scene from any angle.

Videos are created using a special set of cameras that capture the scene from every angle at the same time.

"In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friend’s vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil — you’ll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there," Facebook said in its announcement.

Many publishers shared new content today, including Star Wars, Discovery, GoPro, LeBron James & Uninterrupted, NBC’s Saturday Night Live, and VICE.

The posts range from speeding along an alien planet..

Speed across the Jakku desert from Star Wars: The Force Awakens with this immersive 360 experience created exclusively for Facebook.

Posted by Star Wars on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

..to being on the ground in Afghanistan..

"Over 18 months after our withdrawal, there is almost no evidence that we were ever in Afghanistan, let alone that we...

Posted by VICE on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

..to swimming with sharks.

Ever wanted to swim with a shiver of sharks? MythBuster Adam Savage takes you underwater in Virtual Reality to explore up close!

Posted by Discovery on Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Of course, if you want to share an immersive experience of you at a family barbecue or going out for a walk you'll need a somewhat expensive 360 camera. Cameras like the V.360 and Bublcam start at $450.

Support for users on the iOS platform will come in the following months, Facebook said.

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