Watching Netflix in Virtual Reality is Now a Thing

September 24, 2015

6:00 pm

You know what’s better than Netflix and chill? Watching Netflix in virtual reality and “chilling.” Starting today, Samsung’s Gear VR mobile is adding streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch. Or, at least, Netflix will be available starting today – Hulu won’t be available until later in the fall.

The entire Netflix catalog of movies and shows will be available once the app goes live on the Oculus store. Those who currently own the device can take advantage and watch standard Netflix streaming content in a virtual reality situation; obviously, this isn’t as exciting as watching original, virtual reality content, but the move to VR devices is a start.

Earlier today, Samsung announced a $99 version of the Samsung Gear VR, which further puts into motion the gradual transition of virtual reality technology to the masses.

Netflix will head to the Oculus Rift, Oculus VR’s headset, once it goes on sale in early-2016. Just yesterday, Facebook launched 360-degree video capability in News Feed, which further pushes us towards a future in which virtual reality and augmented reality become an everyday part of our society.

(H/T Tech Insider)

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Ronald Barba was the previous managing editor of Tech.Co. His primary story interests include industry trends, consumer-facing apps/products, the startup lifestyle, business ethics, diversity in tech, and what-is-this-bullsh*t things. Aside from writing about startups and entrepreneurship, Ronald is interested in 'Doctor Who', Murakami, 'The Mindy Project', and fried chicken. He is currently based in New York because he mistakenly studied philosophy in college and is now a "writer". Tweet @RonaldPBarba.

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