Sarah Perez (@sarahintampa)”> As part of its broader, long-term strategy to appeal to content producers by offering them more exposure, media software maker Plex today is unveiling its new VR experience, Plex VR. The addition will allow Plex users to not only watch videos in VR, but also co-watch with friends – a social component to media consumption that a number of companies, including, recently, Facebook and YouTube, have begun to explore.

Plex VR is initially compatible with Google Daydream VR headsets and Daydream-ready Android phones, allowing users to play back local media content on their Android device, including 3D and 360-degree and 180-degree video. Over time, it will be able to stream other content from Plex, as well.

The VR app itself offers a couple of basic “scenes” to choose from as the venue for launching into this VR experience, including a city apartment and drive-in theater. Some of these scenes will require a Plex Pass subscription, but VR streaming itself will be free to all Plex users.

There are little details to make the scenes fun – like how you can honk the car’s horn at the drive-in, or pick up items on the table (like your popcorn) and move them around or even throw them. Watching videos in VR still feels like a bit of gimmick these days (especially if you’re only viewing standard video that’s not designed for 360 degree viewing).

However, the social layer to Plex’s experience is a bit more interesting. Plex VR will allow you to watch videos with three other friends at the same time. Read more from…

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