Top Media VR Apps on Oculus Quest in 2020
Oculus Quest represents the future of VR hardware: it’s compact and offers an immersive experience within a standalone Virtual Reality device. It is also backed by the mammoth Oculus ecosystem. The Quest platform already offers a massive collection of games and experiences that you can immerse yourself in. However, if you are planning to use your headset for media consumption, you can try out this vast array of media apps available on Oculus Quest.
Netflix is the premier media streaming portal. Fortunately, it also has an impressive accompanying virtual reality app for Oculus Quest. With Netflix VR, you are immersed into a small cozy cabin where you can watch some select Netflix content on a giant virtual TV screen.
With YouTube VR, you can either watch the regular YouTube content within a virtual environment or you can immerse yourself into the large selection of 360 video content that is available on YouTube. Granted, 360-degree video content is also viewable on a mobile app or standard YouTube browser. However, you get a little extra in the experience when you watch it in virtual reality.
Bigscreen is a big deal in virtual reality. It offers you social VR along with cinemas. In Bigscreen, you can join various rooms and cinemas that offer free as well as paid content. Bigscreen Cinema is a free service in the mold of the traditional cinema experience complete with paid tickets and the screenings of some of the most popular movies. These movies are screened in 3D and the selections on offer change every week. It also features some occasional special screenings that correspond to some notable days such as Valentine’s Day.
Apart from the official Bigscreen rooms, users can also join the rooms that are hosted by other Bigscreen users. These showcase the content that has been selected by the room’s host. You can also host your own rooms not just for yourself but also one that your friends can join to share in the cinematic experience. With the Bigscreen desktop app, users can stream their computer display into these rooms as they are hanging out. Bigscreen is one of the most versatile VR streaming apps in place today.
Oculus Venues is an Oculus app that enables users to watch various kinds of events including music concerts, sports events and even stand-up comedy live. To catch up on these events, you must tune in live as they are happening as the content cannot be re-watched later on.
Like Bigscreen, Oculus Venues also offers a social VR format enabling you to watch the live events with the people around you. Once you download the Venues app, you can watch the schedule of the upcoming streamed events along with the broadcast times.
Quill Theater launched on Oculus Quest late last year. The game enables users to view Quill content that has been created on the Oculus Rift platform. Quill is a VR creation tool that is currently only available on Rift. However, with the Quest platform, you can view the mini scenes, movies and animations.
Quill also enables creators to utilize some complex 6DoF animations as well as transitions between the scenes. This offers Quest users some great quality content that they can enjoy on the platform. If you are a Quest user, the Quill Theater tool will provide you with a rotating selection of creations that you can immerse yourself into. It’s a great tool for sampling out some of the great community VR media content that has been created by the Quill creator community.
NextVR, like Oculus Venues, features a selection of live content that can be watched in Virtual Reality. The immersion is such that it feels like you are actually there. Unlike Bigscreen or Oculus Venues, NextVR doesn’t feature social VR elements, though, so you will be watching all the content solo.
Content presentation is impeccable and is in the form of a stereoscopic 3D that provides a deeper level of immersion. It has NBA content which is a huge draw. Some of the matches even allow you to sit courtside in VR and enjoy the action close-up in 3D.
Skybox VR also offers a Bigscreen-style experience but like NextVR, it doesn’t feature any social VR elements. Skybox VR consists of a selection of cinemas and environments where you can watch the content. It even offers you the capability to load locally-stored files onto your Quest. You can even stream content directly from your DLNA server within your network.