Choosing VR hardware and VR software for a synchronized VR experience.

Selecting the right hardware for your synchronized VR experience can be difficult due to the sheer amount of available VR headsets. Besides the right hardware you also need specialized software to sync the headsets. In this article we’ll lay out the options.

The best hardware for synchronized virtual reality

The right hardware depends on which content you want to show. In most cases games and simulations cannot be synced outside of the standard multiplayer option. If there is one. Basically,the only content which is suited for Sync playback is 360 content such as videos and photos. For this purpose a mobile headset like the Samsung Gear VR or Oculus GO is the most suited. Using a desktop VR headset like the Vive or Rift is overkill for synchronized 360 playback.

The best mobile vr headsets for synchronized playback

Oculus GO

At the moment the your best option is the Oculus GO headset. It offers a so called all-in-one solution whereby all hardware is integrated in the headset. No external hardware or power is required. It offers great quality, comfort and is easy to handle. At a price of just 220 euros it’s also one of the cheapest headsets on the market.

Gear VR

Our second choice would be the Samsung Gear VR. This device is expensive because you also need a Galaxy series phone smartphone. Additionally the Gear VR has more issues with overheating and has a shorter battery life. The handling is also more complicated because you have to remove to phone to manage content and properly charge. If you can get your hands on the cheapest suited phone (The S6) the Gear VR solution will run about 350 euros per set.

Google Cardboard

Lastly you can also use Android phones in combination with a generic (branded) headset like the Google Cardboard. The experience is much less impressive than with the GO or Gear, but it works. The costs are less and a branded Cardboard can serve as great give away.

Concluding the headset choice

We advise the Oculus GO for synchronized VR because of the following:

  • Made for VR; all hardware is included for stand alone playback
  • Great image quality, high FPS, long battery live and no overheating
  • Great look, comfort and suited for almost everyone’s vision
  • Affordable at just 220 euros and easy to handle

Choosing the right sofware for Synchronized VR

You need specialized software to play content in Sync. There are many solutions on the market, including our own VR Sync.  We’ve done an extensive benchmark end came VR Sync came out on top.  It offers great features for synchronized VR playback against a pay as you grow pricing model.

With just a push of a button you can start playback to an unlimited amount of devices at exact the same time. Using the grouping function you can even play specific content to groups of devices.  You can even monitor playback and create a playlist for smooth experience.

To make things even easier we’ve developed a VR Sync Box. This offers a complete hardware solution to run your VR Cinema offline, with just power. Decreased latency and ease of set up make this a great addition to your VR Cinema.


How to use VR Sync for internal presentations

Using virtual reality or 360 video’s is a great way to add depth to your internal presentation. There is no way to look away when you’re fully immersed in a 360 environment.

Providing a smooth experience with many participants can be a daunting task. It’s difficult to control playback and make sure everyone is seeing the same content at the same time. Also making sure each individual users has a good experience is a issue which many face.

Specifically for giving a vr presentation we’ve developed a tool called VR Sync. In this article we’ll talk about how you can use VR Sync during the preparation and execution of an internal presentation.

Why to use virtual reality for presentations?

Virtual reality is visual tool which helps you get your message across. When pitching a creative idea, a new product or visual concept virtual reality can be extremely helpful. It’s a great way to keep the audience involved, engaged  mnbnm and make sure everyone stays on point.


However most VR devices are not meant for group presentations.They lack the option to play content in Sync at the same time. That’s where VR Sync can help. It offers a easy way to manage your content and control playback during group presentations.

How to prepare your VR presentation with VR Sync

The first step is installing the VR Sync app on your device(s). Once the VR Sync application has been installed and you’ve entered your unique pin your devices are ready.Secondly you need upload the content through our content manager. Once uploaded the content will automatically be pushed to all prepared devices. Preparing a internal presentation with VR Sync is pretty straightforward and saves a lot of time and headache.

How to execute your VR presentation with VR Sync

After the content is pushed to your devices you can use the web based remote to control playback. Make sure you have an internet connected device ready before you start your presentation. Once ready provide all attendees with a VR device and use the remote to start playback of your VR content. You can even create a playlist beforehand to make things even easier.

VR Sync is designed for easy playback and puts you in full control during the presentation. Guaranteeing that your content will be remembered and not the issue with the hardware.

VR Sync; full control for internal presentations.

While VR is indeed a great tool for VR presentations users may face some difficulties in terms of control, playback and user experience. VR Sync offers the solution with easy content management, flawless playback and full control during your important presentation.

Get in touch for a free trial or if you would like to know more.

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Essential features of 360 Synchronization software

None of the VR headsets on the market have native software to experience 360 content together. This is is why multiple companies have developed so called synchronization software. In this article we’ll list the most important features for synchronized VR.

The software available

There are 5 solutions available which all offer the basic function but vary in platform support, features and pricing. These are all the vr sync solutions available:

  1. Showtime VR
  2. Evrbit
  3. Headjack
  4. SyncVR
  5. VR Sync

Most important features for synchronized VR

The most important features is ofcourse the option to control multiple VR headsets and simultaneous playback 360 content. There are also a lot of other options to consider:

Supported content
Most content which needs to play backed in sync is 360 degree content, photo and video. The software should support both and match the most used specifications for immersive content. A 4K resolution is the standard, bitrates and FPS vary per device.

Streaming or direct playback
With 360 content you’re dealing with large files which require a lot of bandwidth when streamed. Playing back to a lot of devices and then relying on WiFi connection is risky, to say the least. You should be looking for a solution which offers direct playback from the device.

Audio options
Audio adds a lot to the experience, especially when it’s spatial. Meaning the sound changes with the direction you’re looking at. Look for a solution with spatial audio support to really add to the experience but at least choose one with stereo or 7.1 support

Platform & device support
Depending on the VR headset used it’s important that the software support the right platform and/or headset. For 360 video and photo playback we recommend the Oculus GO or Samsung Gear VR. Support for Android & GO are pretty must a much in today's VR landscape. Also keep in mind how many devices you can connect and control at once.

Content management
Easy and fast management of your content is a real time saver. It’s very impractical to connect each device via USB and push your content manually. Especially when you have a lot of different or changing content or have to manage a lot of devices.

Playback control
Playing back in sync, to multiple devices is the foundation. Looking for additional features like looping, grouping or creating playlists can make your life a lot easier. Also the option to monitor playback will increase the level of control and lower risk.

Extra features
Extra features like branding, subtitles and playback from are for most nice to have. Not a must have. Determine if the added value ways against the costs or lacking of other features.

Pricing
Most solutions offer different pricing options but all are based on a time based license fee. Most offer support for a number of devices for a set amount. Determine how many devices you’ll need the most and then determine the most suited solution

Support
While most solutions are made to be user friendly, things can and will go wrong. It’s important to determine the level of support which is offered. Is there an tutorial, FAQ and documentation easily available? Does the company offer (free) support and is it easy to contact them?

Conclusion

We’ve done extensive research and have found 5 solutions which are available today and have determined a winner. It’s our own VR Sync solution. That we’re a bit biased may seem obvious but going by the mentioned criteria VR Sync is the clear cut winner. If you would like a more in depth review, please read: Comparing synchronized VR solutions - A benchmark.

Showtime VR seems to be the runner-up, but flexible pricing structure makes VR Sync a solid - and the cheapest choice for both small and large VR events. The least attractive options is Headjack because it features more as a CMS system than a sync solution.


VR at events: how to use VR Sync at exhibitions and fairs

Showing VR at a exhibitions or fair is a great way to draw a crowd, communicatie about your products or service and leave a lasting impressions. Showing your content to attendees can be difficult without the proper software. We’ve developed VR Sync to allow you to focus on getting your message across and not worry about technics. In this article we’ll cover the following:

Selecting the right VR hardware for your exhibition or fair
Using VR Sync to prepare and test
Using VR Sync at your exhibition or fair
Selecting the right hardware for your exhibition or fair

Using VR should be a issue free experience. Especially at a high stakes fair or exhibition. Due to limited space available the VR experience also should not take up that much space. For these reasons, and more, we advise the Oculus GO. It offers a great experience for a decent price and has no need for external hardware. The battery life is also great. When not used the GO stays charged and can play content up to 2,5 hours.  The WiFi connection at fair locations is often unreliable and has to be shared with a lot of people. VR Sync allows you to play 360 content in Sync to multiple devices and does so without streaming.This allows for less bandwidth needed and a reliable experience. If you really want to be on the safe side, use our VR Sync box. It has all the hardware needed for offline playback.

Using VR Sync to prepare and test

Using VR Sync you can save a lot of time in preparing for your exhibition. The web based content manage you just have to upload your content once. After doing so you can easily push it to all your connected devices by publishing it. Testing can be done by playing all your content in Sync to the VR headsets. We advise running a test how well your headsets handle the content and how long the battery holds up. Running VR Sync until your battery is depleted gives you a good idea how many times you can show it during your fair or exhibition.

Using VR Sync at your exhibition or fair

Playing your 360 content and a fair or exhibition is a breeze with VR Sync. After you’ve prepared and tested, you just have to press the play button to play your VR content. Synchronized to unlimited amount of devices.Using our web based remote you can monitor playback. Making it possible to give instructions or additional information to the visitors at exactly the right moment. You can also send messages if the crowd is to big to give spoken information.  If need be you can make playlists and/or group devices. Allowing you to play specific content for each visitor in sequence. Even looping individual video’s is an options so you can keep running the show without even touching the play button.  If sound is an issue you can always use the subtitle function to underline your message. In short, VR Sync is you ideal companion for synchronized 360 playback at your next fair or exhibition. If you would like to find out for yourself, check out our website for a free trial.


How to use VR Sync for a VR Cinema for hundreds of people

VR Cinema’s are a great way to show 360 content to large groups at the same time. Organizing and running the VR cinema’s can be quite difficult without the proper software. That’s one of the main use case for which we’ve developed VR Sync. In this article we’ll run through all the steps of setting up a VR Cinema for hundreds of people. We’ll cover the following;

Selecting the right VR devices for your VR Cinema
Other hardware needed for a VR Cinema
Selecting and checking content for a VR cinema
Using VR Sync for a VR cinema to prepare, test and run

Selecting the right (VR) devices for your VR Cinema

Your VR devices should offer proper image quality, have a decent battery live and a good comfort level. Easy handling, charging and maintenance are also thing to take into account when selecting VR devices for a VR cinema. Lastly, the price should also be such that your VR cinema can turn a profit.

At the moment our weapon of choice is definitely the Oculus GO. At a price point of just 220 euros it check all the boxes. A great resolution and comfort level, a battery life of over 2  hours and easy handling makes the Oculus GO the best choice for your VR Cinema. Another great feature is that the battery doesn’t drain when the GO is on standby. Meaning the battery level will stay on level much longer.  

Summing up; these the main reasons why we advise the Oculus GO:

  • A great screen with a 4096 x 2048 resolution which support 70fps
  • Battery life up to 2 hours when playing and no depletion when not used
  • Lightweight, comfortable and lenses which are suited for most viewers
  • No overheating issues, easy charging and handling

As a second choice we advise the Samsung Gear VR. While it lack the specs, handling and level of comfort level and is twice the price it still offers a decent experience for your VR Cinema.

Running your VR Cinema in Sync requires special software like our VR Sync solution. To make things even easier we’ve developed a VR Sync Box. This offers a complete hardware solution to run your VR Cinema offline, with just power. Decreased latency and ease of set up make this a great addition to your VR Cinema.

 

Using VR Sync for a VR cinema to prepare, test and run
Once decided on content and hardware you can prepare your VR Cinema by following these steps.

  1. Upload your content via the dashboard and publish all which are needed
  2. Select which content you want to publish which of your devices
  3. Download the app from the relevant store to your VR headsets
  4. Enter your unique pin in the app

Afterward test your devices by playing all your content, multiple times and in sequence. This allows you to stress test your devices and you’ll get insight in battery levels.  After testing comes the easy part; playing your 360 content, synchronized, to all your devices.If you’ll like you can also use Sync to divide your Cinema in segments. Grouping a set number of devices to play different content. Allowing you to operate a variety of Cinema experiences with ease. Additional features like sending messages make communicating with the crowd straightforward. Just send a message when the show is finished and move on to the next group. Adding subtitles is possible so you can even show foreign films.

Additional tips on running a VR Cinema

Here are some practical tips for a VR Cinema:

  • Have 10% of spare VR units available in case a devices malfunctions
  • Use rotating chairs, this allows viewers to see the entire 360 video playback.
  • Give each viewer some room to move, this will enhance the experience.
  • You can use headphones for an optimal audiovisual experience in a quiet room.
  • Make sure there is a professional staff present to instruct the audience for a seamless experience.

Concluding

Using VR Sync for VR cinema’s is a great way to make operations much easier. Less staff needed reduces costs while less issues ensure a memorable experience for attendees. If you would like to test VR Sync, you can apply for a free trial here.


How to use VR Sync for events, large or small

Organizing an event where VR plays a part can be a daunting task.In particular when you need to provide an experience where multiple users dive into VR at the exact same time. Luckily VR Sync offers a great solutions for synchronized VR at events, large and small. In this article we’ll cover how you can use this software for your next event by going over the following.

Preparing an VR event with VR Sync
Testing with VR Sync
Executing an VR Event with VR Sync

Preparing an VR event with VR Sync

Our software is suited for 360 video’s and photos. Once you’ve selected your 360 video content and chosen your VR devices you can start preparing for your VR event. VR Sync offers some great tools which are very helpful.  We’ve developed our own application which is available for most VR platforms and VR devices and can be downloaded in the relevant stores.

  • Oculus GO & Rift
  • Samsung Gear VR
  • HTC Vive
  • Google Daydream
  • Android

Once you’ve downloaded and installed the app, enter the unique pin found on the dashboard. Then go to the dashboard were you can drag and drop your 360 content which will uploaded to our cloud service. Then select which content you would like to publish and VR Sync will automatically push it to all linked devices.

Testing with VR Sync

Once your content has been published to all your devices we advise running a test prior to the event. We advise running a so called stress test to see if your devices hold up continuous play of the content.  First, create a playlist of all your content using the remote found on the dashboard. Secondly set it to loop so it plays at least three times more than you plan showing the content. Lastly see how your devices hold up in terms of battery use, overheating and general playback. You can easily achieve this with VR Sync by first connecting all devices to the remote and then simultaneously playing the content.

Executing an VR Event with VR Sync

At the event itself you should take your time to properly set-up the hardware and do a final test. Turn on the devices and connect them to the WiFi or our VR Sync Box. Last mentioned is a local network with access points and server. This allows you to run VR Sync with just a power connection. After all devices have been connected you can easily check the battery status of each devices and run another final test.It’s always wise to have a couple of backup units should one of your VR Devices fail or battery die. We usually take 10% of the total amount als back up. Make sure these devices are on standby and connected so you can easily swap during the event. Once the show starts just press play on your remote to start synchronized VR playback. If you’ve followed all steps mentioned this should be the easy part!


Synchronizing VR Headsets for a VR cinema

Synchronizing VR Headsets for a VR cinema

VR Cinemas are great way to enjoy virtual reality in a group setting. It really creates a communal feeling, a more social VR experience. Making sure everything goes smoothly can be a challenge. Especially getting all VR headsets synchronized to play the same content at the same time is difficult. In this article we’ll talk about how to synchronizing VR headsets for a VR cinema by covering the following:

Choosing the right VR headsets for your VR cinema
Other hardware needed for a VR Cinema
Synchronizing VR headsets with VR Sync
Tips and tricks on operating a VR Cinema

Choosing the right VR headsets for your VR cinema

Typically VR Cinemas show 360 video’s on mobile headsets because of the lowers costs, scalability and ease of handling. Assuming you’ve also chosen to show this type of content we recommend the Oculus GO. It offers by far the best experience for the visitors as well as the operator. The main features why we love the Oculus GOD for VR cinema’s

  • A great screen with a 4096 x 2048 resolution which support 70fps
  • Battery life up to 2 hours when playing and no depletion when not used
  • Lightweight, comfortable and lenses which are suited for most viewers
  • No overheating issues, easy charging and handling

The price of the Oculus GO at just 220 euros makes it the cheapest so called all-in-one headsets on the market. Alternatively you can use the Samsung Gear VR but at twice the prices and with lower specification we would not recommend it.

Preparing your 360 content for your VR Cinema

Your 360 content should match the maximum specifications  You can check the specs of your content by right clicking it and selecting ‘properties. We’ve done extensive testing and recommend not exceeding the following.

Oculus GO Gear VR

  • Resolution 4096 x 2048 3840 x 1920
  • Codecs H.264 en h.265 H.264 en h.265
  • Filesize 9,4 GB 700 mb
  • Length no limit 10 minutes
  • Bitrate 40 Mb/s 16 Mb/s
  • FPS 60 30

After checking the specs make sure there are no editing errors and the sound is in Sync. You can easily do this with a player like the GOPRO 360 player. Also check all your content on your VR device. Upload the content via USB and use the native media player on your device and watch the 360 content from beginning to end.

Testing your 360 content with a sync solution

We advise stress testing your 360 video’s with your devices. This can be done by playing it in sequence, looping it. With the native media players this is tedious work. We advise using specialized software like our own VR Sync. This allows you to easily test your content by following these steps.

  1. Upload your content via the dashboard
  2. Select which content you want to publish which of your devices
  3. Download the app from the relevant store to your VR headsets
  4. Enter your unique pin in the app

The content will now automatically and wirelessly be pushed to all selected devices. Using the remote you can now play your content simultaneously, in sync, on each devices. Using the looping function you can do a proper stress test. Let the content play four times as long as you expect to play it during operation of your VR Cinema.

Curious to try out VR Sync? We offer a free trial for unlimited devices for 72 hours.
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Other hardware needed for syncing A VR Cinema

Since no VR headsets offers the possibility to play content in Sync with other headsets it’s necessary to use specialized software. Our VR Sync solution uses little bandwidth because there is no streaming involved, content is played directly from the devices. However, for intensive use we advise using our Sync box. This includes a local server, router and one or more access points. Enabling you to run your Synced cinema solution with just power with an added advantage of extremely low latency.

Synchronizing VR headsets with VR Sync

Connecting, monitoring and controlling your VR headsets is simple when using VR Sync, especially in combination with our VR Sync Box. First, connect your devices to your WiFi or our Sync Box. Then connect the remote, found on our web based dashboard and check the status of each connected device. Lastly start playback by pressing play.

Features of VR Sync for a VR Cinema
VR Sync has some great features which are ideal for usage with a VR Cinema:

Playback monitoring
Monitor what people are seeing at the moment.

Battery status
Check the battery status of all your connected devices.

Video playlist
Make a queue of al the 360 videos you want to show.

Looping
Let your 360 content run in loops without pressing a button.

Smart seeking
Fast forward or rewind your 360 content.

Single device playback
Control the playback of your 360 content per device.

Combining features like playlist, looping and device grouping makes operating your VR Cinema a breeze. You can select different video’s to play to different groups of devices maken segmentation of your space possible. Using the loop & playlist function you don’t have to continuously monitor playback.

Additional features like sending messages make communicating with the crowd straightforward. Just send a message when the show is finished and move on to the next group. Adding subtitles is possible so you can even show foreign films.

Try VR Sync
Are you eager to try VR Sync for your VR Cinema? You can get a free trial here.


Synchronizing VR for Oculus GO

Watching VR can be an amazing experience, however it is often an individual one. Watching virtual reality together has the potential to be fun and even informative. With the VR Sync software you can prepare a VR event or VR presentation with ease.

We recommend the Oculus Go as the VR headset for the best experience. It is possible to sync the Oculus Go with our special 360 video player for groups. VR Sync is a unique feature that allows you to turn mobile VR headsets into a virtual reality theatre for a multitude of applications.

In this article the benefits of watching synchronized VR video will be discussed, how the Oculus Go can be used to realise your VR event and that with VR Sync software your VR event will happen smoothly.

Watch 360 video together

Watching a football match live on TV with your friends is a different experience from taping it and watching it later. A cinema experience is different compared to renting the same movie on iTunes. There’s something about the communal experience that makes watching live video more engaging.

To do a VR event or VR presentation multiple or maybe even hundreds of VR headsets are needed. There are different options for VR headsets however, at VR sync we recommend the Oculus Go.

Facebook Oculus Go

There are multiple choices for VR devices to use for your VR event or VR presentation. Which device you choose is completely up to your preferences. The VR devices that we recommend are the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR.

The Oculus Go is the second VR headset released by Facebook, For 360-video playback the Oculus Go is the best option. If you want to watch 360 video or play simple games, the cheaper and easy-to-use Oculus Go is the logical choice. Especially for VR events, arcades and other facilities where larger crowds have to experience virtual reality at once.

The big advantage of the Oculus GO, in contrast to the the Gear VR, is that you don’t need a smartphone to watch the VR experience. All the guts of a smartphone have been used in this standalone, wireless VR headset. The Gear VR is more expensive than the Oculus Go, the fact that there isn’t a smartphone included explains the huge difference in price. Additionally, Facebook is estabeling a platform by offering relatively cheap hardware to a large consumer base.

The Oculus Go is a real game changer in the world of VR. It has a professional look, it is easy to use and it offers the best quality for 360 video playback so far. Because there is no external hardware required, this is the perfect headset to use for synchronizing virtual reality at events.

360 player for groups

The Oculus Go is great, but it doesn’t have it’s own tool to simultaneously watch 360 videos. To do synchronized VR it is not as straightforward as one might assume. For high quality 360 video playback for a large audience a broadband connection alone will not suffice. Not only is the internet speed most likely too limited. For synchronized VR any buffering or lag will break the sync between devices.

That’s why we developed our VR Sync software which makes it possible to watch virtual reality together at an event. The content has to be loaded onto the devices beforehand, after that there’s no requirement for an internet connection or streaming. This also ensures that the video will not buffer during the presentation. The only connection needed is one with a very small bandwidth to send the play signal to the devices. If you want to avoid this all together just use our Sync box. This allows you to operate without any internet connection, just power.

With all devices running on the same local network and the use of our VR Sync software, it only requires one push of a button to start the experience simultaneously at every headset.

Conclusion

The benefits of using VR simultaneously are extensive. It can be used for VR events and VR presentations to impress your audience. However, to use VR as a innovative tool to do an event or presentation is not as easy as it seems. You need the right VR device and software to make it possible. The VR headset Oculus Go is more than merely a toy for simple VR gaming; using 360 video and our VR Sync software it transforms into a virtual cinema experience to be reckoned with. More info about our VR Sync solution or a free trial, just head over to our VR Sync website.


Synchronizing 360 VR video for Samsung Gear VR

There are many ways to enliven your event or your audience. Build a cool looking decor, hire beautiful models or hand out gifts as if Christmas came early this year. However there is an alternative for these methods. A modern, fresh and eye-catching way to attract the attention of your audience; virtual reality.

Between the cables and equipment required for a HTC Vive setup and the flimsy “homemade” charm of a Google Cardboard, we find the Samsung Gear VR. This is the ultimate VR headset for events. We are fans of 360 video playback and the ability to watch VR together. The Gear VR happens to be great for both these duties.

Why choose virtual reality?

You can try to make an impression at events but you’re always limited by the location, the available space, your budget and perhaps even legal boundaries. In virtual reality you are in charge. There are no laws except the ones you create yourself. In virtual reality you can tell your story and show the audience what is important for you. In most cases you will use virtual reality technology as an individual experience. However you can also use the Gear VR for synced 360 video playback in combination with our VR Sync system allowing people to watch VR together.

What’s a Samsung Gear VR?

Samsung is a company from South Korea that makes almost everything; from washing machines to tanks for the military. In the West we know Samsung as a leading smartphone manufacturer. The company that always tries and often does outdo Apple in new features. With virtual reality Samsung was way ahead in the competition.

The Gear VR is an innovative piece of hardware that transforms a Galaxy smartphone into a VR headset. Although you do not get the full “roomscale” virtual reality experience, you do get a wireless VR headset with a great screen for 360 video playback. The price for a Samsung Gear VR is pretty reasonable for what it offers. If you need more units you can consider renting this equipment.

How can the Gear VR be used for events?

The Samsung Gear VR is not the best at true VR content due to the mobile processor and lack of depth tracking, but there are some possibilities where this VR headset truly shines:

  • VR tours: These presentations can be designed with both photo and video content, a great way to show a tour at any event.
  • 360 video playback: For 360 video the Gear VR is great thanks to the wireless design. Use the VR headset while seated on a swivel chair for the best experience.
  • Watch VR together: Synchronized VR is possible with the Gear VR if coupled with our  360 video player for groups. This allows you to create a virtual cinema with dozens of participants that can watch VR together.

Synchronized VR for Samsung Gear VR

The Samsung Gear VR is an easy to use VR headset that shows its true potential when used with our special 360 video player for groups: VR Sync. The software makes a synchronized VR experience on many units possible, and outstandingly easy. Under normal circumstances a Gear VR unit is a singular entity with some limited online connectivity options. By using our software in combination with a master unit that controls the VR headsets, a large audience is able to watch VR together.

Because each viewer will require a Gear VR headset, purchasing large quantities will be cost prohibitive. Therefore we rent out dozens and even hundreds of VR headsets including the necessary Galaxy phones, headphones, the synchronized VR software and customer support.

Are you interested in discovering the potential of the Gear VR. To be amazed by the easy of use VR Sync offers? Get in touch or get your free trial here.


How to synchronize multiple virtual reality headsets

Virtual reality is an incredible experience but also can be a lonely one. One way to create a more social and communal experience is watching the same 360 content at the same time. This can be done by synchronizing multiple headsets. In this article we’ll talk about how you can easily achieve this, we’ll cover the following:

Choosing the right VR headset for your content

Preparing your content

Preparing your virtual reality headsets

Synchronizing multiple VR headsets

Please note that syncing multiple headsets like the Oculus GO or HTC Vive is only possible when using the multiplayer option within the game or application. This article assumes that you want to sync 360 video or photo for larger groups.

Choosing the right VR headset for your content

Going on the assumption that you probably need to synchronize 360 video content we advise using the Oculus GO. It has a great screen, sensors and battery which can play 360 video’s at resolution of 4096 x 2048 resolution at staggering 70 frames per second. The battery lasts for almost 2,5 hours when continuously playing 360 content. A high comfort level as well as easy handling and charging makes it the best VR headset available.

The second choice would be the Samsung Gear VR. Offering a good experience with a similar resolution but a lower 30 FPS and bitrate. While the battery live is similar it has a higher chance of overheating and is less user friendly in handling and charging. To top it off, it’s twice as expensive as the Oculus GO. The latter going for 220 euros.

You could also go for a branded Google Cardboard with an Android device. The experience is not to be compared with the GO or Gear but its cheap and it works.

Preparing your content

Before you can start syncing your content to multiple VR headsets its critical that you check and test your content. Check if the content specs match the device capabilities. You can check the specs of your content by right clicking it and selecting ‘properties’.

Oculus GO Gear VR

  • Resolution 4096 x 2048 3840 x 1920
  • Codecs H.264 en h.265 H.264 en h.265
  • Filesize 9,4 GB 700 mb
  • Length no limit 10 minutes
  • Bitrate 40 Mb/s 16 Mb/s
  • FPS 60 30

Testing your content is done by uploading the content to your device. Then playing your content multiple times in sequence to see if your device and content holds up.

Using Syncing software to prepare 360 content

Following the aforementioned instruction is a straightforward way to test your software but is quite labor intensive. With specialized software, like our own VR Sync, it’s much easier and faster to prepare and test. Using the content manager you just have to upload your content once. It will be saved in the cloud and you can select which content you want to publish to your devices.

Preparing your virtual reality headsets and testing your content

Assuming you're using our Syncing software preparing your devices is as easy as downloading our app from the relevant store. Once you’ve entered your unique pin the device is linked to your VR Sync account. It will automatically receive the content which you published in the previous step. Testing your content can be done by using the loop function and letting the software run for a while to make sure no issues will occur. Afterwards you can move to the final step with confidence, playing the content to all your headsets. Simultaneously.

Synchronizing multiple VR headsets with VR Sync

This last step is pretty straightforward. You can use our web based remote to monitor and control 360 playback. Make sure all devices are turned on and have enough battery, then simply press play to start syncing multiple VR headsets. You can monitor playback and the status of each device to make sure everything runs smoothly.  Using VR Sync to prepare, test and control this should be the case.

Curious to experience just how smooth VR Sync works? We offer a free trial on our website.