In a bid to expand its virtual reality footprint, Netflix, the on-demand video streaming service has now introduced a dedicated VR app for users who want to watch their popular series in an immersive manner. Dubbed the Netflix VR App, it will support Google's virtual reality platform Daydream.
With this launch, the app will only work for Google's Daydream VR headset, but once other hardware manufacturers start building their own headsets from the Daydream View blueprints, it's likely that the app will work for those as well.
But for now, interestingly, the Netflix VR app is offered separately to the regular Netflix app. Users need to download the VR-specific app in order to access Netflix content with a virtual reality experience. As such, the Netflix VR app is a standalone application and has been aimed at Android users who own Google's first Daydream VR headset.
However, Netflix VR doesn't appear to be radically different from the standard Netflix app. Instead of having a traditional welcome screen where users selected their flicks, Netflix VR now puts people in a digital version of a living room.
People can look around in the room, which contains some red chairs, a sofa, and a few little lamps, and choose their movies from a digital television that contains the standard Netflix selection screen.
On the other hand, according to a report by BGR, the Netflix VR app will allow the subscribers with the Google Daydream View headset to watch content in 360-degree immersive form. Subscribers will also be able to watch all the content currently available on Netflix using the Daydream View's virtual interface with the help of the controller.
The Netflix subscribers who do not own a Daydream headset need to wait until the app starts supporting alternative VR headsets. In near future, Netflix VR app might bring in support for Samsung Gear VR and other headsets.
The app is available for download on the Google Play Store.