One of the first things I wanted to do when I got my Google Daydream was to lay back and enjoy a movie. Something about watching movies in virtual reality makes me feel like a different character who is watching from the first person, and not just a spectator. Watching movies or even videos in VR is something I absolutely recommend.
While you’re getting ads for the movie you want to watch, I’ll walk you through some of the best apps to watch.
With all their money, expect Netflix to do a good job, and they do. You don’t need a separate account, so if you already have Netflix you can use the VR app.
The app itself is a recreation of a Swiss chalet in the Alps, with low beams and picturesque mountain views. As places to sit and watch movies, it’s really great. You sit on a comfortable red sofa and watch a large screen TV built into the fireplace with a super weird piece of art above it. I really enjoy watching Netflix in VR, with all the options they have to offer and a great place to watch them, this is one of the best options. However, you can only watch what Netflix has to offer. What if you want to watch your own videos?
Watch Netflix VR on Google Play
SkyBox VR is an application for viewing local videos in a VR environment. Unlike Netflix, which only allows you to watch movies in one environment, SkyBox gives you multiple options, including a very cool Sci-Fi space station for watching home movies. In addition to allowing you to view recordings from your phone, Skybox allows you to stream from your PC to your phone via something they call «Airstream», this requires a bit of setup and can be a bit choppy but as a concept it looks good.
SkyBox is a great choice for those who want to use their own DRM-free videos. It even separates your 360 and VR videos to make it easier to find what you really want to watch.
Watch SkyBox VR on Google Play
Google Play Movies
Of course, Googles suggestion will be one of the best options. The setting appears to be an Arizona desert scenery at night. It feels like you’re watching a movie while driving, a view they could use more by adding some cars and a video frame.
You can buy or rent movies and TV shows from Google Play and even use Google Play Credit to purchase them. Like Netflix, you can only watch the media you buy from them, which limits you, but Google Play has plenty to choose from, at pretty reasonable prices. Is this the best place to sit and watch the show? There isn’t really a lot of content, there are a few apps that can compete.
Watch Play Movies on Google Play