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How to stream movies and TV in VR on your Oculus Quest 2

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I was attracted to virtual reality by the idea that I would be able to actively immerse myself in other worlds. I loved the idea of ​​cutting fruit all over my body Fruit ninja, or get in shape with Supernatural’s boxing training. In practice, VR’s most satisfying experience for me is has the weather looking at Vivarium on a virtual big screen while lying on my back in bed – I had no idea watching a movie could be straight more lazy! Share the joys of virtual inactivity with this guide to watching streaming video on your Oculus Quest 2.

How to Watch Netflix on Your Oculus Quest 2

Netflix has been available in the virtual world since 2015, and in that time it has not expanded to offer much beyond the basic features. But it’s cool; I just want to watch movies anyway. Setting up Netflix on your Oculus couldn’t be easier: Dload the app from the Oculus store, log into your account, and you have access to everything you would be able to watch on Netflix on your TV. You can watch movies in either a virtual living room or in “void” mode. I prefer the vacuum because you can position the screen as you like, which to me means I can lie flat on its back with a large virtual screen in the ceiling. So goooood.

How to see Amazon Prime on your Oculus Quest 2

Configuring Amazon Prime on your Oculus: Download the app. Enter your information. See Prime content. Unfortunately, you can not rent or buy movies from Prime directly from the VR app, but you can watch movies you already have rented or purchased on other units. The app itself offers a virtual screening room as well as the ability to place the screen anywhere you want. There is something VR-specific, 360-degree content you can check out – things like diving and riding in a hot air balloon. Amazon’s “Watch Party” var announced to VR back in June 2020, but if it’s available I can not figure out how to access it from Oculus.

How to watch YouTube on your Oculus Quest 2

YouTube’s VR hub lets you see all the 2D content YouTube has to offer, as well as 180 degree and 360 degree videos. Puts it up too simply involves downloading the app and entering your login information. Many YouTube channels are dedicated to creating and sharing VR content, so there are plenty of interesting things to check out, from mountaineering adventure for a full 3D, 360 degrees, immersive trip into someone else’s closet. YouTube also lets you rent movies directly from its VR app.

How to watch Disney +, HBO Max and other streaming services on your Oculus Quest 2

If you prefer Hulu, Paramount, or any other streaming service that does not have a dedicated VR app for Oculus, you can still watch their content. Just point your VR browser to the relevant website, enter your information and start streaming. Of course, these will not be 3D or VR streams. I streamed some video from HBO Max using Oculus’ built-in browser, and it worked well, but how smooth it all depends on your internet speed.

How to view video files from your computer with your Oculus Quest 2

The easiest way to watch videos from your PC on your Oculus is to transfer them to the headset. It is easy to do, but you will need a USB-C cable, such as Oculus Link, to connect them. Once you have done that, it’s a simple matter of transferring the file to your headset and viewing your content on one of the many Oculus video players.

If you want to stream movies directly from your PC or Mac to your Quest 2, the Skybox VR app will do just like Bigscreen (more on Bigscreen below). I have not personally tried Skybox – it costs $ 9.99 and I do not have much opportunity to do this – but it is a highly rated app that is reportedly easy to use and allows you to stream anything from 2D- movies to 3D movies for full virtual reality videos.

Bigscreen: How to get a unique VR movie streaming experience on your Oculus Quest 2

While the “big name” video services like Netflix and Prime Video are basically simple ways to watch movies and TV on your headset, the Bigscreen app is all frills and I’m here for it. This free app offers avatars, props, social interaction and more. It lets you set up a Remote Desktop Client and stream video directly from your PC to your Quest 2 (I’m one Mac, so I have not had the opportunity to test this feature). ONEand again, it’s free.

Bigscreen allows users to host and attend viewing parties where you and some friends (or interested strangers) can rent the same movie, eat some virtual popcorn and relax. You can watch ad-supported movies or rent them from the service, but anyone who watches has to pay the same movie.

Bigscreen also has public viewing spaces where anyone can attend a viewing party a host of different movies and TV series, from Rick and Morty, to old episodes of Dr. Who, to Bob Ross’ painting show and more. This morning I popped into a virtual theater to see a bit of Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, then had a surprisingly great time watching a rebroadcast of Dr. Phil with a bunch of strangers in a virtual living room. We threw tomatoes on the screen, scolded the guests and otherwise held a Tuesday party.


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