Wondering how many Oculus Rift video players are there, and which of these movie theaters is the best?
During my writing career here in Riftinfo, I noticed an interesting path that VR takes. Starting with Oculus Rift and its games, followed by other companies announcing their own headset, and now even accessories like Oculus Touch are starting to emerge.
VR has even visited the cinema world, giving its unique perspective to viewing experience. I mean, if you have had a chance to watch VR movies/videos that support head tracking, you would know that it has a bright future. All these major news sites like PCgamer, IGN, Forbes and so on aren’t exaggerating when they say they truly believe in VR’s major success in movie industry.
However, since VR is still young, Oculus company doesn’t have time to make official software programs concerning movie theaters/ players for the Rift (they do have Oculus Cinema for Gear VR though).
Here is the list of all* the Oculus Rift video players that I could find, plus giving my own personal favourite (at the bottom):
*If we missed any, do contact us and we’ll add it.
Total Cinema 360 Oculus Player
This player has a good customer support, followed by a lot of features at which you can take a peek on their official website. Apart from watching video in full 360 degrees, it lets you experience videos on the web from both desktop and mobile browsers. Download here. (Update 2018: Removed the dead links)
VR Player is a known program amongst Oculus Rift veterans. Although I would not recommend using it with DK2 (as it has some performance issues), it is one of the best video players available for the first Oculus Rift development kit. Download here.
Say hello to one of the most popular DK2 video players. It is on top of the list for many people, and for a good reason. It perform superbly, has a solid tracking, and has no performance issues. It is my second favourite Oculus Rift video player. Download here.
MaxVR does everything that you ask him to. There are no complications with this program. Although some features might be missing, it can be seen as something positive. It is one of the most simplistic players that doesn’t confuse their users. Download here. Price is $9.99.
CINEVEO is a bit of a controversial app. Its creator, Sven Kohn, had some dishonorable ways to market his program, as well as having a bad customer support. Due to these incidents, CINEVEO has been blacklisted in vrapps & EnterTheRift.fr. You can read more about the incident here on reddit. Price is $9.99.
Riftmax has also its own spin to all these video players. Apart from watching movies and everything you want, you are able to invite friends or join parties, like in Convrge. To make the best of this social interaction, you can use your spotlight to sing some karaoke to others. Download here. (Removed the dead link)
Whirligig has been praised for its smoothness. No judder is a big plus, especially when watching movies for hours on end. Some people even have named Whirligig as one of the best Oculus Rift video players available. Download here.
This one has a lot of functions to offer. Apart from watching 360 videos, you can experience movies online, and have an opportunity to connect your Apple or Android devices with your VR headset (GearVR implied). More information here.
VLCRiftPlayer is a simple program that does its job well. It is also one of the few video players for Oculus Rift that lets you add subtitles since they’re built directly into VLC. Download here.
Finally, this one is my favourite. Although LiveViewRift is pretty close in terms of first place, I prefer this one over anything else. Virtual Desktop has all the necessary functions, performs well and lets you watch Youtube 360 videos with an Oculus Rift (click for guide). Download here.
UPDATE (Oct. 23. 2015)
With the latest updates, vorpX is not only making itself one of the leading VR injection programs, but adds extra functionalities like video player options to user menu. Apart from just watching regular movies, you can now enjoy 3D movies, as long as they are in VLC and MPC-HC format. Download here. Price is $39.
I am sure Oculus will release their own Oculus Rift media player, but in the meantime, feel free to check the players above.
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