You Can Now Watch Plex in Virtual Reality
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Plex has launched a new app called Plex VR. As the name suggests this brings official support for virtual reality to Plex for the first time. Which means you can watch Plex in a virtual apartment or drive-in theater, and even invite your real friends along to share your virtual popcorn.

Most of us haven’t got the space for a cinema room in our home, or the money to furnish it with a giant television set. Using a projector How to Set Up a Projection-Based Home Theater, Step by Step How to Set Up a Projection-Based Home Theater, Step by Step Watch movies on the big screen, at home, with the perfect home cinema set up for any budget. Nothing beats the big screen experience for movies or gaming, but home theater is an expensive hobby... Read More is one way of achieving similar results on a budget, but there’s also the virtual reality option… which can turn a small screen into a big screen.

From Plevr to Plex VR

This is the thinking behind Plex VR, a new app from the bods at Plex. Plex VR has emerged from a small community project called Plevr. Having realized there’s something in this virtual reality malarkey, Plex hired Alex, the guy behind Plevr, and thus, Plex VR was born.

Plex VR is an Android app for the Google Daydream platform. Daydream being the follow-up to Google Cardboard. You buy a Daydream View VR headset, place your Daydream-ready smartphone into it, and then strap it to your head. Et voila, you now have access to virtual reality apps.

Plex VR is a free app that allows you to watch your Plex Media Server videos either on your own or with friends. If you choose the co-op route, you and up to three friends can watch videos together in your virtual apartment or at a drive-in theater (the latter requires a Plex Pass).

There are some rather neat elements to Plex VR. For one, your head movements are updated in realtime so that you can see what everyone is looking at. There’s also voice chat so you can annoy your friends by spoiling the end of the film you’re watching. There are even potted plants.

Let’s All Go to the Lobby

Plex VR looks to be a nice addition to the Plex lineup. It’s not going to change the world, but it will let Plex users watch videos with friends in a virtual room that’s nicer than their actual room. And the drive-in movie theater setting is something else your Plex Pass buys you Plex Pass: What Do You Get for Your Money? Plex Pass: What Do You Get for Your Money? In order to know whether or not you need a Plex Pass, you first need to know exactly what you get for your money. Read More .

Are you a dedicated fan of Plex? What about Google Daydream? Is Plex VR a marriage made in Heaven? Or would you have preferred Plex to support a different VR platform? Can you see the point of watching video content in virtual reality? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Nathan
    October 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm

    Other replies seem to think this is pretty useless. I travel a lot for work and picked up an Oculus Go with rewards points. PlexVR has been a great way to watch movies with the wife (and the occasional game of CatanVR). I also like that I can lay down and move the screen so I can watch on a virtual huge screen in total comfort.

    And 3d movies are amazing on it. Much better than any 3D bluray/glasses setup I've seen.

    Good job Plex - but PLEASE add better environments (see skybox's movie theater environment). And the windshield right in the FOV of the movie in the drive-in environment makes that one totally useless.

  2. likefunbutnot
    January 25, 2018 at 7:46 pm

    Yet another worthless Plex feature that's been implemented instead of making its music service suck less. Thanks guys. You're doing a great job of making things no one asked for.

  3. Ryan
    January 24, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    I really wish this was for real VR as I have a Rift and a Vive, but I'll never buy a Daydream or any other vr device that's so cheap it barely works and isn't true VR, but just basically putting some lenses on your phone and putting that on your face.