Movie-watching apps for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
There are a number of apps for Rift and Vive that let you mirror your desktop within the HMD, but only a couple currently really deliver an experience worth noting.
BigScreen Beta is the first app that comes to mind. You can sit in a virtual home theater and watch your movie on a big screen. Because the screen size is customizable, we’re putting an emphasis on big. The best part? You can invite some friends who also have BigScreen to come sit with you in the theater. Only one of you needs to have a copy of the movie, so it’s basically like a good, old-fashioned movie night with your pals. Who’s bringing the virtual popcorn?
Because this app mirrors your desktop, you can watch anything you’d normally watch on your monitor, or anything you’d normally send to your TV. Netflix? Check. Blu-Rays? Check. Downloaded videos? Check. Oh yeah; this app is completely free.
If you’re interested in watching a movie by yourself, Virtual Desktop will be your go-to app. You can change the background to anything you want (including straight black) to best suit the enormous screen located right in front of your eyes. You can then resize the screen and set the distance it appears at.
Like BigScreen, you can watch anything you’d normally see on your desktop monitor. Use a browser for Netflix, or a video player for Blu-Rays and downloaded content. Virtual Desktop also lets you watch any 3D movies you get your hands on, something BigScreen doesn’t yet do.
Whirligig is essentially the best app for the purpose of a VR media player for the playback and viewing of video files and images. It support a wide range of projection types, render paths and has many other features to make your experience as enjoyable as possible.
- Supports Vive, Oculus and openVR headsets.
- Supports Vive controllers, Oculus Touch, Oculus remote, Xbox controller,, keyboard and mouse.
- A large range of projection types including fisheye, panoramic (barrel), Cinema and custom projections.
- Support Mono, stereo over under and stereo side by side videos.
- 3 render paths to choose from to get the widest video format support. DiretShow, Media Foundation and libVLC.
- Choose different backgrounds for your media or add your own.
- Subtitle support with accompanying srt files.
- 16 Save/Load slots to save your position in files and bookmark them for later.
- 6 preset slots so yo can easily save and load the settings you like most for your films.
- Streaming video support and youtube playback support.