Yesterday saw the developer conference for Facebook’s Oculus VR subsidiary, showing off its latest plans for virtual-reality hardware – and content. In fact, the latter generated the big news of the day, as Oculus announced partnerships with a range of companies to provide live and on-demand video for its Oculus Rift headset, when it launches in 2016.
Those partners include Netflix, Twitch, Hulu, Vimeo, 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate. “This isn’t about watching virtual reality films, though – it’s about sitting in a virtual theatre, or virtual home theatre, or whatever else you want, and watching standard Netflix video on the screen of your choice,” explained Tech Insider of the Netflix partnership.
“The entire Netflix catalog will be available when the app goes live on the Oculus store, and it should be available very soon.” Facebook’s 360-degree videos will also be available, although for now there is no comparable deal for YouTube’s similar content.