VLC is working on an Vision Pro app, Quest version possible

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VLC is working on an Vision Pro app, Quest version possible

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VideoLAN is working on a VR port of the VLC Media Player for Vision Pro and is “open” to do the same for Meta Quest.

FACTS

According to VLC president Jean-Baptiste Kempf, VideoLAN is working on a Vision Pro version of the media player. “We already have a version of VLC running on the Vision Pro,” Kempf told Lowpass.

It is unclear when the application will be released. VLC seems to be in no hurry, as the potential user base is still very small. “I’m not sure if there is a use case yet,” says Kempf.

The VLC president also says he is open to working on a version for Meta Quest, but adding that there are already “many good players” available for the platform.

Vision Pro launched in the US in February, and Apple is estimated to have sold less than half a million of units so far. Quest headsets have sold more than 20 million units, so the user base is much larger.

CONTEXT

VLC is still very popular

VLC, which began as a student project 23 years ago, recently broke the five billion downloads mark, Lowpass reports. In 2019, it reached three billion downloads, which means interest is still high. The Android and iOS versions alone have been downloaded more than 300 million times.

VLC is currently working on the next major update, version 4.0, as well as a web version of VLC that may eliminate the need for downloads.

The VLC media player is known for being able to play just about any video file thanks to its broad codec support. In the VR space, there are a number of comparable video player apps, including Skybox VR, Pigasus VR, and 4XVR, although only the latter is free. Alternatively, you can use Virtual Desktop to stream your PC desktop to the headset and use VLC in VR.

You can find the full article over on Lowpass.

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