VLC, created by VideoLan, is a free and open source media player that is both extremely lightweight and can play almost every video format on the market. What makes VLC one of the best options is the fact that it is also available on almost every platform. Now the company is taking a big step forward with its cross-platform compatibility by introducing 360-degree video and photos.
I myself have been using VLC exclusively on all my computers and devices since its original version, not once having a problem or coming across a file It couldn't play. It's one of the first programs/apps I download on any new device and I even have an executable version on my Geek apps USB drive for when I'm using someone else's computer. It seems like 360-degree video is popping up everywhere and with the current VR hardware race currently going on everyone is trying to get their piece of what will either be the next big gimmick or major evolution of visual media. VideoLan it seems is betting on the latter with the recently unveiled technical preview stating, "VLC becomes the first major video player app to play 360-degree videos out of the box."
VideoLan teamed up with the 360-degree camera company Giroptic to develop this new mediums compatibility within its system allowing for navigational panoramas and video. You'll be able to use your mouse and keyboard to move around the point of view and later this month the company is saying they will release a final version in VLC 3.0 that will provide all these features across all their platforms. On mobile apps this wil let you use the devices accelerometer to navigate through video clips.
In addition, VideoLan is stating VLC will soon get features like 3D Audio with headphone tracking and support for VR headsets like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google's Daydream. You can download VLC 360 right now for free on Windows and MacOS.