I’ve been blown away by the amount of discussion on my YouTube channel about the Gear VR, and it’s probably headed in a direction that was a little unexpected. Where VR units have been more about gaming than anything else, in this case, the interest has definitely been in the category of movie watching.
And now that I’ve used the Gear VR for that purpose, I find myself going back to it again and again. Games are fun and totally immersive, but I don’t seem to spend more than 15 minutes on any one game before I decide to try something else out. On the other hand, I can very easily watch a whole episode of a show or, as I did for my viewers, watch an entire movie.
Entertainment is shaping up to be one of the key compelling uses for Mobile VR, and once you’ve slipped the headset on and entered that world, it’s very easy to just sit back and passively enjoy your video content. It’s almost a holiday on your own couch, unencumbered by the wires and cords that would potentially restrict you on the Rift.
The topic of most volume was how to load your own content. I’m sure this refers to ahem, “acquired” videos as well as other home video content. There are actually three areas of video content that seem to be accessible – the video camera folder, the standard folder within Oculus, and the 3D folder that sits within the standard video folder in Oculus. Sound confusing? It’s not really. Just hit play on the video below for a walkthrough of the process and how it translates to the Oculus Cinema presentation.
File transfers were made easy using a Dual USB drive from Sandisk, but you could just as easily copy across from a PC or from the local file system or Micro SD card. The only caveat here is the frame rate is lower than hoped for as I’m recording the screen using a screen recording app. Still it should give you a good idea of what to expect once you get your hands on one of these headsets.