Netflix and the Oculus Rift certainly seems like an intriguing mash up. With 360 degree cameras such as Jaunt currently creating content viewable with virtual reality (VR) head-mounted displays (HMD), it’s surely only a matter of time before streaming services such as Netflix take advantage of the hardware. That day hasn’t arrived just yet, but a Netflix engineer has provided what could be a tantalising glimpse of the future.
As part of Netflix’s Hack Day, in which staff are free to create interesting side-projects and apps based around the service as an excersise in fun and creativity, one engineer created a unique user interface for the service that uses the Oculus Rift. Branded Oculix, a video below shows a user wearing the Oculus Rift, navigating menus with what appears to be the Leap motion system, and viewing content in a room with an enlarged screen.
Granted, this isn’t viewing 360 degree content, but it’s still an intriguing glimpse of what could be coming for the service as the Oculus Rift grows in popularity and eventually releases a consumer model. As Netflix explains, most if not all of the Hack Day projects won’t see release, although there is hope that exceptions could be made, especially in this case. VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with the latest.