The Facebook Developer Conference (F8) 2018 in May was a success for virtual reality (VR) subsidiary Oculus with the rollout of Oculus Go and the announcement of several new services and features. One of those was Oculus TV, and today the service has now begun for the standalone headset.
With Oculus TV Oculus Go owners can now watch some of their favourite TV shows and movies in a virtual living room on a massive virtual screen (similar to a 180-inch TV). Designed to be a hub for VR entertainment apps, like Netflix, Hulu, SHOWTIME, SHOWTIME ANYTIME, Newsy, Neverthink, Pluto TV, Red Bull TV and several more (it’s worth noting not all of these will be available outside the US, and some like Netflix require a subscription).
Much like the Oculus Store for PC, Oculus TV has been designed for ease of use, with viewers able to select from on-demand content to live sports thanks to a simple intuitive menu system.
While the current selection of apps may provide plenty of hours of entertainment there’s more on the way. Oculus has plans to rollout even more content over the course of 2018, teaming up with more broadcast partners and releasing more streaming apps. Confirmed as coming soon for sports fans is ESPN.
If you already own an Oculus Go then simply download the app to start watching. Anyone who buys a new headset will find Oculus TV already installed. The headset retails for $199 USD/ £199 GBP for the standard 32 GB model via Oculus.com. While US customers can find the headset in select retail locations European buyers will have to wait until tomorrow before the device arrives in stores.
VRFocus will continue its coverage of Oculus, its hardware and all of its initiative’s, reporting back with any further updates.