With bots and Game console vendors are snatching a lot of people’s opportunity to buy a new PlayStation 5 or OLED Switch, and virtual reality headsets have been a popular gift during the holiday season. Meta (Oculus) Quest 2 in particular has seen a spike in corresponding app downloads as the new year approaches.
Whether you’ve finished cutting Lady Gaga’s music bundle from Beat Saber or need a break from the Horizon Workroom, VR headset owners can take the time to relax and stream a movie. (This super workout could carry over to tomorrow, you win this one.)
Aside from some experiences, watching a movie with a VR headset doesn’t mean you’re immersed in the action. When broadcasting in VR, your avatar is often placed in a virtual room or cinema with a 2D projection screen.
Streaming services like Netflix and Prime Video have Quest native apps that are easy to download. Video-on-demand rentals through YouTube or Bigscreen require a few more steps, but the process is straightforward. Other movies can be accessed on VR browsers or downloaded to a headset.
Although setting up the remote desktop client through Bigscreen takes a few minutes, the process is well worth it for those who have video files saved on their PC and primarily use a headset at home. Our guide to watching VR movies mainly focuses on the Quest 2, but some suggestions apply to the HTC Vive and Valve Index.
How to stream Netflix movies and more
From do not search to twilightSimply download the Netflix app to watch the streaming service’s movies in virtual reality. After downloading the app, active members can log in and new members can sign up for Netflix. (Personally, I recommend watching Fear Street A trilogy of movies for a little scary bloody fun.)
Amazon Prime members can stream movies in VR with the Prime Video app. All you have to do is download the app and login to your profile to start watching movies like alienAnd big patient, And Jennifer’s body.
Any Showtime subscribers out there? The service is rather decent, but Showtime lets you experiment moon light And other award-winning movies with a VR headset.
How to rent movies
If you want to rent recent movies to watch in VR, the YouTube app offers a large catalog of movies at different prices. free man Available for rent for $6, while Dune It costs $25. Additional YouTube rental benefits include: Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar ($6)And No time to die ($6), and Spencer ($5). After you rent a movie from YouTube, you are given a month to start streaming and 48 hours to finish the movie.
Another essential app for watching movies on a VR headset is Bigscreen. It is basically a virtual movie theater where you enter different environments and stream movies on your own or with other people. The selection of rentals is not as comprehensive as on YouTube, but popular movies like Access ($4), Best ($5), and Titanic ($5) Available. Unlike the physical world, if you’re streaming for rent with friends in VR, you’ll all have to pay the fee.
Solve VR Browser
What about all streaming services without a native app? HBO Max, Hulu, and Paramount Plus may not have VR apps, but headphone owners can open websites in a browser as a basic workaround. Firefox Reality is on Oculus and works more consistently with videos than other VR browsers.
Open Firefox in VR and visit the website for the streaming service you want to watch. Use your membership information to log in and start watching movies. This method is a bit tricky and less reliable than streaming from a dedicated app. If any issues arise, you can troubleshoot by switching between mobile mode and desktop mode in Firefox.
Watch movies from your computer
Bigscreen can be used for more than just movie rentals. Any movies available on your PC can be streamed in VR. It is possible to upload movies to Quest 2 for offline viewing by connecting the headset with the charging cable to the computer. Put on the headset and allow data access to the connected device.
Once this is complete, Quest 2 should appear as a device within a file this computer tab. Download any entertainment you want to watch in Movies Quest folder 2. Restart the Bigscreen on the headset, and in the file He watches Section selection video player and then local video files To access downloads.