Plex is among the greatest methods to retailer and stream all of your films and TV exhibits round your home or condominium, however film night time continues to be a little bit of drag in the event you’re watching on a dingy previous laptop computer or a small TV. Now you’ll be able to expertise Plex on an enormous display with out leaving the sofa, because of the corporate’s new virtual reality app for Samsung’s Gear VR.
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Plex VR initially launched earlier this year for Google’s Daydream headset, however it’s now obtainable for Samsung’s headset as properly. The Gear VR works with any high-end Galaxy smartphone: Samsung’s Galaxy S9, S9+, Note8, S8, S8+, S7, S7 Edge, Note5, S6 Edge+, S6, S6 Edge, A8, A8+)
Though you do not want the flamboyant Gear VR Remote to observe your Plex assortment in VR, it is going to make issues slightly simpler. If you will have your smartphone and Gear VR headset prepared, you are midway there; on the software program aspect, you will additionally want the Plex VR app and Plex Media Server model 1.eight.1 or later.
Boot up the Plex VR app and log into your account. If it really works, you must see a virtual menu with all of your films and TV exhibits. All you should do is take a look at certainly one of them, choose it, and press the orange play button to start out watching.
Plex VR additionally provides a couple of totally different environments so that you can watch in. There’s a flowery virtual condominium with an enormous flatscreen TV, a distraction-free “void” in outer area, and a basic drive-in theatre. (That final choice is just obtainable when you pay for Plex Pass, which prices $US4.99 ($6) per 30 days or $US39.99 ($52) per yr.)
You also can use Plex VR to observe any 3D or 360-degree movies saved in your Plex server. First, you will have to barely change their file names, including “3D-SBS” or “3D-OU” (relying on the file format ) for 3D movies, and “Proj-360” or “Proj-180” for 360-degree or 180-degree movies.
The new file identify ought to look one thing like “Trippy Sphere – Proj-360.mp4.”
The solely disadvantage to watching your movies in virtual reality is that Plex VR continues to be lacking a number of key options. The app does not help subtitles but, nor are you able to entry your saved pictures or music. It’s additionally lacking Watch Together (already obtainable for Daydream), which helps you to invite 4 pals to hitch you nearly and talk over voice chat.
Don’t fear, although — Plex says that function must be prepared for Gear VR within the subsequent few weeks.