Invite your friends into your Gear VR world thanks to new Chromecast support

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.

source: Oculus


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Raised in North Carolina, Jeff Causey is a licensed CPA in North Carolina. Jeff's past Android devices include an HTC EVO, a Samsung Note II, an LG G3, and a Motorola Moto X Pure Edition along with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet 10.1. He currently uses a Samsung Galaxy S8 and (very rarely) a Nexus 7 (2013). He is also using a Verizon-branded Motorola Moto Z Play Droid supplied by his job. Jeff used to have a pair of Google Glass and a Moto 360 Sport in his stable of gadgets. Unfortunately, his kids have all drunk the Apple Kool-Aid and have i-devices. Life at home often includes demonstrations of the superiority of his Android based devices. In his free time, Jeff is active an active runner usually training for his next marathon, owns a MINI Cooper, and plays Dungeons & Dragons. Jeff has three mostly grown kids and a golden retriever.