One of the challenges virtual reality device owners are faced with is the struggle to share what they are seeing with friends given the single viewer nature of VR devices. Instead, friends end up watching you flail around in space in reaction to what you are seeing. To try to improve things a little bit in this regard, Oculus announced a new feature for Samsung Gear VR devices that makes it possible to use Google Cast to display the VR screen on an external screen enabled with Chromecast.
The solution is not yet the same as getting your friends into the action with you via their own VR headset, but it is a nice step in the right direction to make VR a bit more social-friendly. The experience won’t be immersive for those watching the action on a TV or external monitor, but they can at least get a good idea of what you are seeing and the action that is going on.
The update to enable this feature started rolling out today to Oculus powered Samsung Gear VR units. With this feature added to their units, Samsung and Oculus are keeping pace with Google which is adding the same capability to the next version of the Daydream platform, Daydream 2.0 Euphrates, scheduled for release later this summer.