Oculus has just announced that the Samsung Gear VR now has Chromecast support.
Thanks to that, you can now share your VR experiences with your friends and family — as long as you have Google's streaming dongle that's plugged into a TV, that is.
Gear VR Gets Chromecast Support
Before this, only VR devices powered by desktops and consoles such as the Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR allowed others to see what you see in the VR world. That's because they're hooked up to an external monitor, while smartphone-based VR typically doesn't. In other words, Chromecast is bridging the gap in this respect.
"Today, we're excited to announce Chromecast support for Gear VR! Now, you'll be able to share all of your Gear VR experiences directly from the headset by streaming to your TV in real-time," Oculus says.
How To Cast Gear VR To The TV Via Chromecast
This is arguably a game changer, taking the whole VR experience up a notch since games such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, Please, Don't Touch Anything, and even Rick and Morty: Virtual Rick-ality, to name a few, can now be shared.
"Chromecast lets you enjoy VR while staying connected and engaged with everyone in the room. Show off your quick draw and sharp shooting in Dead and Buried or host a VR party night. It's also a great way to introduce new people to VR, since you can see everything they see inside the headset," Oculus notes.
But enough of that. Here's how to stream VR to your TV with Chromecast:
Step 1: Make sure your Oculus app on Android is updated.
Step 2: Open the Oculus app and tap on the Cast button.
Step 3: Choose a compatible Chromecast device.
Step 4: Set up your Gear VR and immerse yourself into the VR world. Your friends and family will get to view your adventures on the screen you picked earlier.
Gear VR Live Streaming
For the record, the Gear VR already supports live streaming before this.
Back in March, Oculus allowed users to live stream to Facebook, giving them a way to let others view their experiences.
They could've even opened Facebook on a smart TV and watched the Gear VR footage there, getting pretty much the same results from the recent development with Chromecast. However, that does seem tedious and roundabout, and the new feature makes things a whole deal easier.
To boil things down, the Gear VR now has a new feature that more or less lets it take a step closer to the level of high-end PC-based VR devices, and it's all thanks to the Chromecast.
Speaking of "Chromecast," Tech Times picked it out as one of the best TV streaming devices of 2016, including but not limited to Amazon Fire TV and Nvidia Shield TV.
With all said and done, are you as excited as we are to share a Gear VR experience with friends and family? If so, feel free to hit us up in the comments section below and let us know.