Announced back at Facebook’s F8 developer conference earlier this year, Oculus TV is the company’s latest first-party app that pulls a number of flatscreen video options together under one roof. The app is now available for free on Oculus Go.
Displaying video on a virtual ‘180-inch’ TV, the company is billing its newest video streaming app as the “all-in-one living room solution,” giving Oculus Go users not only native support for live video from Pluto TV, Red Bull TV, and Facebook Video, but it also acts as a launcher for dedicated VR apps such as Netflix, Hulu, Showtime, Newsy, and Neverthink.
The company says in a blogpost that a greater expansion of the app’s channel options will be coming throughout the year, which includes ESPN, and other unnamed streaming apps and broadcast partners.
While offering a plush environment to kick back and watch traditional flatscreen media, Oculus TV definitely has a few pain points at launch, like the lack of support for YouTube, and no ‘void’ or comfort view settings that would allow you to watch TV while laying down. Since the app is a single user-only experience, you won’t be able to jump in with friends online either, which isn’t a giant drawback, but would certainly add to the app’s overall utility.
Oculus Go users have a few other options to consider for video watching however. Oculus Video, the company’s first video-viewing app created initially for Gear VR, plays host to local context viewing and livestreaming from Facebook 360 videos, Twitch, and Vimeo. There’s also a PLEX viewer so users can browse their home network’s Plex media server, and Bigscreen Beta, which allow you to mirror your PC’s monitor so you can watch whatever you like. Check out the entire list of
It’s currently uncertain when the Gear VR version of the app is headed down the pipeline. Oculus Go users can download Oculus TV for free here.