Plex adds VR support for Google Daydream

Posted: 25 January 2018 7:34 am


Watch all your content in VR wherever you are.

When we reviewed the updated version of Google Daydream View recently we noted that it was a very comfortable headset with plenty of potential but rather light on the actual applications front, meaning that it was good technology that needed a bit of a content push.

Popular home media serving platform Plex has just announced a new feature that just might give it that push, with the announcement of Plex VR for Google Daydream.

The app itself is free to install on your Android handset, although you'll need a Daydream-compatible device, and obviously an existing Plex installation to stream content from.

Plex VR on Daydream was, according to Plex, built out of a community VR project originally called Plevr, with the developer scoring themselves a job with Plex by dint of their existing work.

According to Plex's official release, Plex VR comes with the following:

  • The ability to watch your Plex Media Server videos with friends, in real time, with voice chat!*
  • The ability to play local videos on your Android device (including 3D and 360/180 video)!
  • A fancy apartment that keeps itself clean, with fully automated, mechanized blinds.
  • A drive-in movie theatre. The whole thing. For real.*
  • Various conflict-free potted plants.
  • Bragging rights.
  • A kitten.**

** kitten not included.

Dang. I really wanted that kitten.

The first asterisk in that list relates to the fact that the shared video watching functionality of Plex relies on you having a paid Plex Pass subscription, which will also grant you access to the optional drive-in scene for movie watching, although Plex will let you use the feature for a 7 day trial period.

Daydream View is, of course, most strongly associated with Google's own Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL handsets, but it's not your only choice, with the headset also compatible with a range of Daydream-certified Android handsets, including the LG V30+, Samsung Galaxy S8, Galaxy S8+, Galaxy Note 8 and Motorola Moto Z phones.

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