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Oculus VR TV now available for watching shows on 'Oculus Go'

Oculus VR TV now available for watching shows on 'Oculus Go'”

The app is meant to be a kind of shortcut for Oculus Go users looking to watch traditional 2D videos on the headset: Content from Netflix, Hulu and elsewhere - think videos that aren't optimized for VR headsets, but would also stream on your phone, computer or TV.

The channel, available on the company's new standalone VR headset, the Oculus Go, allows users to watch a wide variety of TV and high-quality videos while in VR. You're sat in a living-room-esque environment, with not much going around you except a virtual landscape, which leads to a pleasant distraction-free feel. Videos looked crisp and colorful as well.

Why would you strap on a headset just to watch videos you can also watch on a large TV or on a smartphone? Wearing a headset for hours on end might not be everyone's cup of tea either.

"Today, we're thrilled to announce the launch of Oculus TV-a new and immersive way to experience your favorite shows, movies, and more on Oculus Go!"

Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company, just launched its video channel, known as Oculus TV. So, for example, if you select Ball in the Family, and you don't already have Facebook's Video app, you'll have to hit the Install button to get it.

In essence, Oculus is trying to position itself as the cheapest home theater in the marketplace.

VR gaming makes ideal sense to be immersive, but whether people are grabbing their phone or tablet (a record 57% of video plays worldwide in 2017 were on phones), in a world where ease of use is being prioritised over everything else to watch content, it can't help feel like too much effort to have a significant uptake - however good the video quality is reported to be. Newsy has you covered for top stories from the day, while Neverthink lets you zone out with memes. While this list is a little limited at the moment, Oculus does expect it to grow over time with more "streaming apps, broadcast partners" to become available in due course.



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