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Oculus Go Is Getting YouTube VR App, Cast Support and NBA Game Live Streams

Facebook’s Oculus Go VR headset is getting access to more than 800,000 360-degree videos, thanks to a new partnership with Google’s YouTube service. The service’s YouTube VR will launch on the headset soon, announced Oculus Go product manager Sean Liu at Facebook’s Oculus Connect VR developer conference in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday.

Also coming to Oculus Go is cast support, which will allow Go users to stream their gameplay experience to other screens. At first, Oculus will enable users to cast the Go screen to mobile devices, but Liu said that casting to TV screens will be enabled in the near future as well.

Casting isn’t entirely new for mobile VR headsets. Samsung’s Gear VR headset added support for Chromecast some time ago, and Google brought casting to its Daydream VR platform as well.

Finally, Oculus Go is also getting live streams of NBA games through the Oculus Venues app, thanks to a cooperation with NextVR. Viewers who access a NBA game in VR will get a custom virtual jersey of their favorite team that their avatar will be able to wear for the rest of the season.

Facebook introduced Oculus Go as an affordable entry-level VR headset earlier this year. On Wednesday, the company also announced Oculus Quest as a higher-end standalone device that is meant to bring more immersive VR gameplay to a mass market audience.

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