How to Use Skybox VR – Complete Guide with FAQs, Tips, & More

Skybox for VR allows you to watch movies and TV shows from anywhere using Wi-Fi. It even lets you save them so they’re ready when you want to watch them later.

If you have VR video files that you want to play on your Gear VR, but there isn’t enough space left on your phone, then they can be streamed directly from your phone.

Let’s look at how you can use SkyBox for VR.

How to Use Skybox VR?

To use Skybox VR, follow the steps below.

  1. You can download the free app from iTunes or Google Play Store, and then you’ll be able to view the videos you’ve stored there.
  2. With AirScreen, you can use Wi-Fi to watch videos from your computer or smartphone.
  3. You’ll need to install the Skybox PC app on your computer before connecting the VR headsets to your computer. Make sure both the VR headsets you’re using, and your computer are both on the same network (Wi-Fi).
  4. Once you’ve done that, you can then open the PC client and either select a specific video or drag and drop your VR video folder to add them to the Skybox library.
  5. Once connected, click (or tap) on the “AirScreen” button on your computer screen to stream the video to your TV.
  6. You can then watch the VR movie from there.
How to Get HTC Vive to Work with SkyBox VR Player?

How to Get HTC Vive to Work with SkyBox VR Player?

If you want to follow the latest updates for installing Oculus Home and Revive, read the following steps. These let you use Mettle 360/VR Plugins in Premiere Pro and AfterEffects, with 360 previews through the HTC Vive.

It greatly accelerates workflow, is a more effective method for working, and

Instructions

  1. Download Oculus Home from https://developer.oculus.com/. Skip the device configuration steps.
  2. Install Revive (https://github.com/LibreVR/Revive/releases).
  3. Launch ReviveOverlay.
  4. Click on the Revive button and then click on the Inject option.
  5. Select “After Effects” and “Premiere Pro.”
  6. A new “Vive” output option should appear in the VR player menu. Select it.

How to Stream Videos or Movies to an Oculus Go Device Using a Computer or Mac?

With an Oculus Go, you don’t get much storage space for your content. Rather than copying everything from your computer to your Oculus, why don’t you watch things online instead? Here’s how to set up streaming.

Watching movies in a VR headset is an awesome experience because you get to be inside a giant virtual cinema where you can see everything from every angle.

However, that’s just the beginning because you can now watch 3D films that play in virtual reality (VR), and you can even watch full VR videos that allow you to see everything around you and truly feel like you’re there!

Do You Have a Plex Server? Just Use the Plex Client

If you’re a media-watcher who uses Plex, you probably already have a Plex Media Center setup. If so, you could just download the Plex app for Oculus Rift from the Oculus store.

Connecting to your Plex media player is one way to get started using Plex. It’s definitely our recommended option overall for organizing your movies.

No Plex Server, or Want to Watch Videos Not in Plex? Use Skybox VR Player

Maybe you don’t really want to store your entire collection of Linux fan videos on your Plex server. Or perhaps you just don’t want to spend hours setting up a fully featured Plex server. In either case, it’s much easier to simply download stuff onto your computer and then stream it to your Oculus go. Plus, it’s probably not like there’s tons of storage left on your Oculus go.

If you’ve got some videos that you downloaded to a computer and you want to play them through an Oculus Go, the best way to go about doing so is to use Skybox VR Player. It runs a small server piece on a computer or Mac, which allows you to add videos to it. Then you can access them from the Oculus Go via its viewer piece.

You can use this method to create any video, whether it’s an immersive VR video, a 3D film, or even a regular 2D film that you want to watch inside a virtual cinema. It’s really simple to set up.

Setup Your PC or Mac with the Skybox Server

Setting up the SkyBox server on your PC or MAC is incredibly easy. You just need to download and run the server app. Once it’s running, click the “open” button. You can either upload individual movies or you can upload an entire directory of them. SkyBox also does a great job searching through subdirectories.

Once the movie files are all uploaded, they should appear in the list by their filenames. It may take a few minutes for them to be generated, but once they are ready, you’re done.

Install the Skybox VR Client on Your Headset

Once you’ve got the server set up, it’s time to get the client installed on your Oculus Go. Just go to the Oculus store, find the Skybox VR player, and download it.

Once it’s installed, go to the app store and download the AirScreen app. Then, when you launch the app, tap on the Airscreen icon at the bottom right corner of the screen. You’ll be able to see your computer’s name there.

After connecting, you should be able to see all of your video content. Click one to start playback.

How Does it Work?

To use SkyBox, just download the free app from the App Store or Google Play store. Then, connect your device to the same Wi-fi network as your computer. You can then view the videos stored on your device through the app.

  1. You’ll need to download the SkyBox PC client if you want to access the AirScreen feature.
  2. Once you’ve done that, make sure both the Oculus Rift headset you’re using and your computer are connected to the internet via the same Wi-Fi network.
  3. Then, after that, you can use your PC client to play any video from your VR video folder. You can also drag and move your entire VR video folder into the Skybox Video Player.
  4. From within SkyBox on either your computer or mobile device, go to the AirScreen page.
  5. Click—or touch—the “connect” button on your computer to stream from your smartphone.

From there, you can open the VR video and enjoy it away.

Conclusion

We hope this article was helpful to you. Feel free to reach out to us in the comments below.

Author

  • Victor Marquez

    Victor is the Editor in Chief at Techtyche. He tests the performance and quality of new VR boxes, headsets, pedals, etc. He got promoted to the Senior Game Tester position in 2021. His past experience makes him very qualified to review gadgets, speakers, VR, games, Xbox, laptops, and more. Feel free to check out his posts.

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