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Spatial Audio format support for 360° Video Player VR Apps


    More and more possibilities for an immersive audio experience can be seen – or better heard. Since different platforms sometimes require different spatial audio file formats, I want to give a brief overview of the current situation in terms of virtual reality sound.
    If you want to know more details, read my article about the pros and cons.


    Update 2024/03

    • Meta Quest 3: Works just like Meta Quest 2 and Oculus Quest, BUT with v62 to v63 Meta crashed something so I recommend not updating the device yet.
    • Pico G3: Although I had big hopes, it didn’t show any sign of spatial audio with the files I tested. But it does have a feature to upmix stereo, just like Apple’s Spatialize Stereo, which is useless for 360 videos thought
    • Apple Vision Pro: I was able to play back a Dolby Atmos File with the Gallery. Also the Spatial Video recorded with the devices contain multiple audio-tracks. More on that soon

    Update 2021/12

    • Pico Neo 2 and Pico Neo 3 Pro still don’t work, unfortunately. Currently testing with several devices and in contact with the team. Investigating workaround with surround sound instead of ambisonics.
    • HTC Vive Focus 3 and Vide Flow also don’t work, but market the headset with “immersive spatial audio straight out of the box”, what the hell?

    Update 2021/03:

    • Pico Interactive does currently not support spatial audio. The playback of mkv is not smooth. Support for Pico G2 4k, Pico Neo 2, and Pico Neo 3 to be announced.

    Update 2020:

    • Support Oculus Quest and Oculus Quest 2 added to the Oculus Go section.

    Update 2019/10:

    • JauntVR and LittlstarVR who supported Dolby Atmos VR are now marked as offline

    Update 2019/04:

    • Due to popular requests, I added a headline for iOS devices, such as iPhone, iPad and iMac. Also: VeeR VR added to iOS devices for VR.

    Update 2018/11:

    • YouTube now supports an optional Head-Locked Stereo track similar to Facebook, but mapped to channel 5+6 while channel 1-4 remain First Order Ambisonic (FOA), Ambix

    Update 2018/06:

    • Oculus Go added. Oculus Video Player and Oculus Gallery allow watching videos made for YouTubeVR and FacebookVR offline as mp4 before uploading. SamsungVR Video works similarly to GearVR. Thanks to Angelo Farina for testing.

    Update 2018/05:

    • Samsung Gallery for GearVR claims to have “3D spacial sound”. You get a feel of head-tracked sound, but even if you load a stereo, it will create two sound objects in space which will rarely correspond with the visual.
    • Oculus Video Player for GearVR both Two Big Ears and ambiX

    Update 2018/04:

    • Windows Mixed Reality Headsets (e.q. Samsung Odyssey) are supported by Vive Cinema via Viveport. Credits to GRID Lab at Ohio University. Vive Cinema is also supported by Oculus.

    Update 2018/01:

    • VideoLAN VLC Media Player (VLC 3.0 Vetinari) now supports higher order ambisonics

    Update 2017/11:

    • GoPro VR Player (former: Kolor 360° Video Player) now supports spatial audio!
    • Mach1 Spatial Audio added to SamsungVR for GearVR and Android

    Update 2017/10:

    • HTC Vive Cinema supports a great variety of surround sound formats!

    Update 2017/09:

    • YouTube now supports iOS devices for spatial audio playback
    • YouTube also enables stereoscopic VR180 Videos
    • The Desktop Version of Oculus Video for Oculus Rift now supports the “Two Big Ears” Format.

    If you know about any updates, please let me know:
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    Online Video Platform

    Platform Format Description Device Source
    Samsung VR Ambix,
    4 channel Ambisonics,
    6 speaker setup,
    quad-layout at 0°, 90°, 180° and 270°,
    isotropic spatial: 8×1
    Android App, GearVR Oculus App, Desktop Internet Browser
    YouTube Ambix 4 channels, First Order Ambisonic (FOA) Now with optional Head-Locked Stereo track Works on Android 4.2 and Chrome Browser for desktop, Update: Now also iOS
    Facebook Two Big Ears 8 channels, Hybrid Higher Order Ambisonics + optional stereo track for static sounds works on pretty much all devices
    JauntVR Dolby Atmos VR, Ambisonics “support Dolby Atmos, as well as all other ambisonic, surround and standard audio formats.” Android App, GearVR Oculus App, Desktop Internet Browser is down unfortunately
    LittlstarVR Dolby Atmos VR 6 channel EC3 transcoded Atmos Printmaster File (.atmos) Android App, GearVR Oculus App, Desktop Internet Browser -> Content Publishers is down unfortunately
    Vimeo no spatial audio yet currently no statement about it

    Apps for Android devices that work offline

    Platform Format Description Device Source
    Jump Inspector Ambix
    4 & 16 channels
    supports the same format as YouTube FOA (first-order ambisonic) and additional a support for TOA (third order ambisonic) with 16 audio tracks Android Smartphone, check link ->
    Samsung VR Ambix,
    same as stated above, but works also without a GearVR GearVR Oculus App, Desktop Internet Browser

    Samsung GearVR (Oculus Store)

    Platform Format Description Source
    Oculus Video Player Two Big Ears, Ambix YouTube FOA works same as for uploading to YouTube. For Facebook: mp4 is not supported, but experimental MKV-Opus for tbe
    Before: Ambix and .mkv-container. Before: FuMa
    Samsung VR see above see above
    Samsung Gallery fake spatial sound when playing a video with a plain stereo soundtrack, it gets spatialized as two point sources which are head-tracked. Can be a nice effect but is mostly confusing
    JauntVR Dolby Atmos VR, Ambisonics see above is down unfortunately

    Oculus Go, Oculus Quest, Oculus Quest 2

    Oculus / Meta Quest likes to rename the apps (and company, lol). So the video player that was installed natively used to be called Oculus Video Player, or Oculus Gallery. It’s currently named Oculus TV, where you can access your internal storage. Like that you can watch 360 videos with the spatial audio formats listed above.

    Platform Format Description Source
    Oculus Video Player Two Big Ears, Ambix see above, but allows mp4s with tbe-format. So Side-Loading of YouTube and Facebook Videos now possible inside one app
    Oculus Gallery see Oculus Video Player works similar to Oculus Video Player
    Samsung VR Videos see above see above
    SKYBOX VR Video Player spatial audio not supported /

    iOS Devices (iPad, iPhone, iMac, Macbook etc.)

    Since Apple is lagging a bit behind, I want to show some possibilities to play back 360° Video with spatial sound on those devices due to popular request

    Platform Format Description Source
    Facebook FB360 Two Big Ears 8+2 channels, so above. Use Chrome Browser or Firefox on desktop, Safari usually not supported. Use dedicated Facebook App on iPhone or iPad
    YouTube Ambix, FOA Update: Now also iOS. Use Chrome Browser or Firefox on desktop, Safari usually not supported. Use dedicated Facebook App on iPhone or iPad
    VeeR VR “4-channel first order ambisonics” Global VR Content Community for Oculus, Windwos Mixed Reality, Vivi, Mi, Daydream. But sound for WebVR and Android is under currently development so it’s not listed in the other tables

    Desktop Computer, Oculus Rift or HTC Vive

    Platform Format Description Source
    GoProVR 2nd and 3rd order ambisonics; no tbe yet former named Kolor Eyes Player ;
    HTC Vive Cinema Ambisonics Ambix (1st, 2nd or 3rd order); ITU 5.1, 7.1; TBE Supports a great variety: FOA, TBE, 2nd HOA, or 3rd HOA with 4, 9 or 16 channels each. Also standard loudspeaker ITU 5.1, 7.1 and Two Big Ears format by metadata
    FB360 Videoplayer Two Big Ears Not only works as a slave with a DAW, but as standalone on a Desktop as well as Oculus Rift and Vive. Just import your video and .tbe-file
    Oculus Video Player Two Big Ears Encode your video with the tbe wav-file just like for GearVR. Experimental MKV-Opus with lossless compression
    OZO Preview Ambix supports the native format of Nokia Ozo camera, which is a for channel ambisonics B-Format
    VLC Media Player Higher Order Ambisonics, 5.1, 7.1 Ambisonics audio renderer, supporting up to 3rd Order; Binauralizer working with Ambisonics or 5.1/7.1 streams
    AudioEase WebVR Ambix just add the video and sound you would need for YouTube without the need to uploading anything
    Labs 8Plan Ambix, FuMa similar to AudioEase, but for sound only on Chrome Browser
    Harpex-B Player Ambix free to download, an Ambisonic B-Format Decoder to play around with your audio on Headphones or surround loudspeaker
    See more practical use for 360 videos

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