If you have a nice sized Plex library and have always wanted to watch it through your Daydream headset, here comes Plex VR for Daydream. Plex announced today that they are now VR/Daydream compatible. Here’s the quick tl;dr rundown of what Plex is doing with this exciting little project.
- Plex VR is compatible with Google Daydream VR headsets and Daydream-ready Android phones
- Watch your Plex video content with up to four friends, in real time, with voice chat
- Play local media on your Android device (including 3D and 360/180 video)
- Offers a selection of “scenes,” such as a drive-in movie theater, adding that extra layer of ambiance to your viewing experience
- VR streaming is free for all Plex users and a Plex Pass is required for the co-watching feature, as well as some of the “scenes,” though Plex is offering co-watching to all for a week at no cost when you start using Plex VR
A few things standing in the way of making VR truly accessible to everyone have been the requirement for high-end PC hardware, the need to purchase a fancy, dedicated headset, and the determination to make the two work together that only a true nerd can understand. This is why Google’s Daydream platform is so cool — you take your Android phone, strap it to your face, grab the cute little controller, and you’re off to the (virtual) races. It’s a game-changer for VR, and we were just as fired up about it as Alex, the creator of Plevr, and now the latest member of our amazing community to join us full-time in building great stuff for all of you.
Okay, okay, but “TV is always better when we’re together!” you say. Couldn’t agree more. Except we like to put “together” in quotes here, because let’s face it, you’re watching “together” just as much as the guy at the coffee shop who knows your penchant for a double whip nonfat soy latte is your “friend.” It’s the future though, and it’s super convincing, so just go with it.
We can’t even start to tell you how cool the real-time co-watching is. But we’ll try. Once you gather up your friends (supports up to 4, including yourself), everyone’s avatars will appear together in the selected scene (the sleek apartment, or the drive-in theater). Head positions are updated in real-time, so you can see what everyone’s looking at, and you can click the remote button to talk to the group. There is a ton of fancy technology behind the scenes, but to anyone using it, it’s just an incredibly engaging and (dare we say?) intimate way to watch videos together, regardless of where in the world everyone is.
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