Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch launching on Gear VR
Oculus announced a slew of media additions as the company prepares their products for the consumer launch next year. Max Cohen, head of Oculus Mobile VR, announced on stage at the Oculus Connect 2 conference the launch of Netflix for Gear VR headsets available today.
The Netflix app for Gear VR includes a Netflix Living Room, allowing members to get the Netflix experience from their virtual couch. The app was built very quickly in a month with key individuals from Oculus and Netflix working to take the Netflix TV codebase and present it on a virtual TV screen in VR.
As John Carmack, CTO of Oculus, commented on the Netflix launch, “A year ago, I had a short list of the top things that I felt Gear VR needed to be successful. One of them was Netflix. It was very rewarding to be able to do this work right before Oculus Connect and make it available to all of our users in such a short timeframe. Plus, I got to watch the entire season of Daredevil from the comfort of my virtual couch. Because testing, of course.”
Additionally Cohen on stage noted that Hulu, Twitch, and Vimeo will become available as apps in for Oculus Home in the near future as well.