Watching a virtual reality video is easier now more than ever. You can just use your Android device along with Google’s “Cardboard” technology and you’re ready to be immersed into a VR world. Here’s how to get started.
First, you have to obtain a headset if you don’t have one already. See Get Cardboard @ Google. Ensure that your Cardboard viewer is compatible with the smartphone you will be using.
Now you have a couple of different options depending on the videos you will be watching:
Option 1 – Google Cardboard
- Download and install Google Cardboard on your device. The app features YouTube, Google Earth, and video player to play videos stored on your phone.
- Select the “Get Apps” option, and download apps that provide different VR environments.
- Open the Google Cardboard app, then scan the bar code on your Cardboard viewer using your camera.
- Place the device into your viewer. Ensure the line on the screen lines up with the line on the middle portion of your viewer.
- Strap the headset on your head, watch the demo, then select the desired experience.
Option 2 – VR Player
- Download and install a VR player on your device. My personal preference is VR Player PRO. The app plays videos that are specifically made for VR and allows customization that make your VR experience just right.
- Load VR videos to your Android by copying them from your computer or downloading them directly to memory.
- Open VR Player PRO. Ensure the test pattern lines up correctly. You can open your headset and drag the screen left or right if it is not centered properly.
- Select Menu, then “Open File“.
- Select the file you wish to view.
- If the video doesn’t look right, try selecting the icons at the upper-right corner of the screen. You will usually need to change the projection using the second icon from the left.