Despite the fact that the Oculus Quest standalone VR headset is primarily a gaming device, plenty of people anticipated using it for media streaming as well. After all, that’s one of the most popular use cases for the Oculus Go. Now we’ve finally got confirmation that Netflix will be coming to Quest and it’s slated as a day one launch app alongside Oculus Video, Sling TV, FOX Now, Red Bull, and various other video streaming portals.
Obviously you still need an active Netflix subscription to use the app, but it’s great to know that people will be able to watch their favorite shows and movies from a virtual theater inside their headset. We don’t believe there will be multi-user support so you can’t invite friends over in VR to watch along with you, but multiplayer theater apps like Bigscreen can be used as a workaround.
On the Oculus Go you can watch videos from Facebook and a few other select sources in Oculus Rooms with your friends, but sadly that and other social apps aren’t announced for launch on Quest.
Oculus announced YouTube VR was also officially coming to Quest, offering a dedicated way to view VR and 360 content without needing to open the Browser. The dedicated Netflix app on Quest should offer a similar functionality, although we don’t expect support for downloading content for later viewing. You would have to sideload the Android version of Netflix to do that.
Are you excited about having Netflix in VR on a wireless, standalone, 6DOF VR headset? Let us know down in the comments below!