Plex adds VR viewing with friends including voice chat

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Media server company Plex today is adding the option to stream media in a virtual reality environment through the introduction of its new Plex VR app.

The app is available through Google Play and works with Android devices and the Google Daydream headset. It gives users the ability to watch media in virtual environments. But for Plex Pass subscribers, the new app allows them to watch in a virtual drive-in movie theater and allows them to co-watch in real-time with up to four Plex users, as well as to talk with them via voice chat.

Plex said that co-watching users show up as avatars and that head positions are updated in real-time, so everyone knows what everyone’s looking at. The Daydream’s remote button is used to talk to the group.

The VR co-watching feature will be available free for a week regardless of whether users have a Plex Pass subscription.

The app allows users to view local media including VR and 360-degree video content.

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Lots of media companies like Netflix have VR apps, but what Plex VR is doing is similar to what companies like livelike, which allows users to watch live sports in VR while real-time chatting with friends, have been going for.

Facebook Spaces is also similar in that it allows users to interact with other users in a virtual reality environment.