question: can players without goggles view the 360 VR content?

simple answer : yes.

longer answer : the content can be played in a modern web browser and navigated with a mouse as it plays, much as people explore “photospheres” or “interactive panoramas”.

examples:

http://elevr.com/ — view web-based 360 video on the homepage. Be sure to activate audio (speaker icon in lower left of video frame).. explore by moving the mouse to pan the video

http://www.conditionone.com/ — this one is a little more primitive, but still gets a bit of a feel for it. scroll down to where it says “don’t have an oculus rift?” hit play, then hit the full-screen icon. move your mouse around as it plays.

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