Oculus VR saved one of its biggest software reveals for its ‘other’ virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) at Oculus Connect 2 last week. Early on in its keynote the company confirmed that popular video streaming service Netflix would be coming to its Gear VR mobile HMD, made in partnership with Samsung. In fact, the service has already launched on the device, allowing owners to sit in a virtual cinema of sorts and enjoy videos on a virtual screen. But Gear VR may not be the only that Netflix is coming to; a recent report suggests that it’s also on its way to the Oculus Rift.
Metro is reporting that Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe said as much at the event in Hollywood, California last week. Of course, anyone that watched the keynote will know that it was actually Head of Mobile Max Cohen that confirmed Netflix was releasing on Gear VR, and the article itself makes no mention of if Iribe’s supposed comment was made directly to the publication, nor does it mention the Gear VR version of the software. This could be a simple mistake, then, but even if that is the case it’s not hard to imagine Netflix transitioning from Gear VR to Oculus Rift and perhaps other HMDs in the future.
Netflix isn’t the only video service on Gear VR. Oculus VR always announced partnerships with several studios such as 20th Century Fox that will see it bring a number of movies to its device that can also be viewed within virtual cinemas. One feature that the Netflix VR app doesn’t yet feature is 360 degree video streaming. Indeed, while many hope that this is in the pipeline at the company, it seems like a long way off. That said, Facebook’s own 360 degree content, which also launched last week, will support Gear VR.
VRFocus will continue to follow Gear VR closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the device.