Since we launched 360 video on Facebook in September of last year, numerous publishers have transported their audiences into new and exciting experiences. We’ve seen 360 videos that immerse people in causes, sports, fashion, nature, entertainment, news, and many other topics, and we continue to be wowed by the range, innovation, and creativity.
Today, we wanted to share the 10 most popular 360 videos on Facebook thus far in 2016. The #1 most popular 360 video of 2016 to date is from ABC News and shows people around the world what it’s like to experience a blizzard from the middle of New York City’s Times Square.
The list also includes the opening credits of Game of Thrones in 360 (which was the most-viewed 360 video in the first 24 hours, hitting 5.3 million views in one day), 360 experiences from European football teams FC Barcelona and Liverpool FC, and three stunning videos from National Geographic. Check out the full list below.
360 video lets you choose which angle you’d like to watch from, letting you move around and explore the scene from different perspectives. On the web, you can do this by dragging around the video with your cursor, and on mobile devices you do it by dragging with your finger — or even just by turning your device.
You can also watch these videos on Oculus Rift and Gear VR. While using a supported Samsung device with the Gear VR, simply click “Watch in VR” in the top left corner of the video, place the phone in the Gear VR, and experience the video in an immersive VR environment. You can find more videos on the Facebook 360 channel in the Oculus Video app on Gear and Rift.
Note: The list is based on time spent, and ordered alphabetically.
ABC News: 360° Tour of Times Square During Winter Storm
New York City’s Times Square in 360 during January’s record-breaking winter blizzard.
Deadpool: See Deadpool everywhere (especially in theaters)
Deadpool being Deadpool, in 360.
FC Barcelona: 360º Mosaic tribute to Cruyff
Step onto the pitch while a mosaic made up of 90,000 cards pays tribute to the late footballer Johan Cruyff.
Game of Thrones: Game of Thrones Opening Credits 360 Video
The iconic opening sequence of the show in a way you’ve never seen before.
Ivete Sangalo: Eu quero o farol dos teus olhos iluminando a minha vida
Brazilian singer Ivete Sangalo’s 360 video for her hit song “Farol.”
Liverpool FC: 360°: You’ll Never Walk Alone
Experience what it’s like to be among a home crowd of thousands as they sing the club’s iconic anthem, “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”
National Geographic: 360° Tour of a Volcanic Eruption in Kamchatka
National Geographic takes you on a 360 helicopter ride to Russia to look at one of the world’s tallest active volcanoes.
National Geographic: 360°: Swimming With Bears in Kamchatka
The natural battle of bear versus salmon plays out on the beautiful shore of a lake in Kamchatka, Russia.
National Geographic: 360° Tour: The “Devil’s Pool” at Victoria Falls
A 360 drone overflight of the extraordinary Victoria Falls at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Zoolander 2: Facebook 360° Experience
Derek Zoolander is back — and he’s in 360, starring Ben Stiller and H. Jon Benjamin.