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Hi
Anyone ever had the idea of making an emby app for virtual reality?
Only a simple app with a virtual screen (maybe cinema environment).
There isnt a good solution for enjoing media in VR yet, so that might bring many new users to emby.
Plex tried sth similar about a year ago, because many people requested it but the app was in a very bad shape at release and failed.
Btw have someone already tried sth in that direction?

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Luke

Hi there, yes it's something that we're interested in for future updates. thanks for the feedback.

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SikSlayer

BigScreenVR has DLNA support, and allegedly, Plex works, but when I tried it, neither Emby or my HD Homerun showed up. There was a DLNA related bugfix today, I haven't tested it yet.

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SikSlayer
On 9/1/2020 at 7:37 PM, SikSlayer said:

BigScreenVR has DLNA support, and allegedly, Plex works, but when I tried it, neither Emby or my HD Homerun showed up. There was a DLNA related bugfix today, I haven't tested it yet.

So yeah, multiple updates later, it still doesn't work. I SEE the HD Homerun,but it errors out when I click it.

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Jbbrack03

Here are our options currently:

Oculus Browser:

Pros: Let's you access the Emby UI with metadata as intended, Streams Smoothly.
Cons: The Oculus Browser cannot be freely resized (although you can select 3 different sizes) and you can't adjust the viewing angle.

Skybox VR App:

Pros: This works with Emby's DLNA feature and works well. Video quality is top notch and it's a smooth streaming experience. Let's you view Emby content from within a realistic and well-done Movie Theater.
Cons: Because this works over DLNA, you don't get any metadata or custom sorting, so it can be a bit of a pain to browse through. With that said, this is currently the best looking option out of this list.

Oculus TV App:

Pros: You can sideload the official Emby Android App to your headset and enjoy the full Emby Android experience. This includes the UI, Sorting, Accounts, etc.
Cons: You have to register as an Oculus developer to sideload, and there's a small learning curve to installing Android content on your headset. The Oculus TV App is also a bit limited and it does not allow you to adjust the size of your screen, the viewing angle, or to even setup a flat screen (the default is curved). 

Virtual Desktop App:

Pros: Virtual Desktop allows you to stream the screen of your PC to your headset. It also allows you to view that PC in a variety of environments from an office setting to a virtual movie theater. The screen is extremely customizable and can be moved, resized, tilted, and curved to your liking.
Cons: This App streams from your PC, so you do need a fairly capable PC in order to use it. You'll need to deal with remotely controlling your PC using the Oculus Touch Controller which can take some getting used to. You are also reliant on the quality of your network, so your mileage may vary.

Bigscreen VR App:

Pros: This App allows you to view DLNA content in various virtual environments. There is also support for watching content remotely with a friend. The virtual environments are lush and awesome, probably the best out of all of the Apps in this list.
Cons: Technically Emby is not currently working on Bigscreen. It might seem silly to put it in this list, but it is something that the Bigscreen team is working on. They do intend for DLNA content to stream smoothly, so it's one to keep an eye on. It's also worth noting that because you're accessing via DLNA, you'll be restricted to selecting content from a list and you won't get any metadata or rich sorting.

 

With all of this said, it may appear that there are many ways to view Emby through your Oculus Headset. This is somewhat true, but all of the current options are limited in some way. Some are hard to setup, and some are hampered in some significant way. None of these would be as good as a dedicated Emby App that supports the UI, Sorting, and Accounts experience. If Emby can release an App that let's you easily access content in a variety of high-quality environments and that let's you customize the size, angle, and distance of your screen, then it would beat everything that I listed hands-down.

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For those few like me that have a Windows Mixed Reality headset. If you download the windows store version of Emby Theater you can put the App floating on your WMR home environment and works really well.

 

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Still not working with BigScreen as of today.  I pinged them on Discord and this is what user @Peregrine had to say:

"I don't use Emby myself, but Bigscreen should work with any DLNA server that strictly adheres to the DLNA API as we use the official schema files. As a small team, we weren't able to specifically test every single implementation of DLNA servers available, though we did try to test some of the more popular ones, including Plex, Kodi, and Synology. It's possible there may be a bug somewhere that we would need to do some in-depth testing to pinpoint, but that's not something we have time for at the moment."

 

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Jbbrack03
42 minutes ago, romeyn said:

Still not working with BigScreen as of today.  I pinged them on Discord and this is what user @Peregrine had to say:

"I don't use Emby myself, but Bigscreen should work with any DLNA server that strictly adheres to the DLNA API as we use the official schema files. As a small team, we weren't able to specifically test every single implementation of DLNA servers available, though we did try to test some of the more popular ones, including Plex, Kodi, and Synology. It's possible there may be a bug somewhere that we would need to do some in-depth testing to pinpoint, but that's not something we have time for at the moment."

 

I appreciate you taking the time to post about this issue. With respect I'd argue that Emby is bigger as a media streaming platform than Synology. Most people that run a Synology NAS are using it to host Emby or Plex. I hope that someone at Bigscreen will take some time to setup an Emby Server and test it out to see what they come up with. It would be awesome to use Emby as the backend for Bigscreen. They do a great job with your environments and features.

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