Review System: Oculus Rift CV1
Price at Time Of Review: £3 ($4)
Comfort Rating: Green,Amber,Red
Size: 504.76 MB
Controller System: Gamepad or Touch Controllers
Best Playing Position: Sitting
Multi Player: No
Whirligig Media Player (Oculus Rift)
Intro: Whirligig is an immersive media player for playing png, jpg and multiple video formats. It is designed to playback in mono, over under and side by side
Review: Let’s face it. There are quite a few VR media players out there in the market, so any new ones entering the fray need to bring something big to the table to stand out. Whirligig Media Player hopes it can do just that. To start with Whirligig supports a very impressive list of formats. From Equirectangular 180°& 360° to Fisheye formats from 100° all the way to 360°. Believe me, that is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to this media players list of tricks.
I found it best to use the touch controllers. While there isn’t much in the way of a tutorial I did get to know my way around the app in the end and definitely appreciated the Touch Controller interface. You can change pretty much everything you want from most viewing options, to scenery options. But it is the playback options that really impress. You name it, this app can play it back like it. From a 180° curved screen to a large screen TV in a house, it should cover pretty much everyones playing preferences.
Verdict: Whirligig Media Player is a Jack of all trades and for those of us who have media in several different formats (especially all the types of “VR camera media) this is just about the only app that will do the job all in one place. But sadly being all things to all media has also made this app unassessably complicated. It took me more than a while to get used to it and even longer to get the setup how I wanted them.
But the good news is the developer seems to be listening and is constantly making changes based on we users feedback. If you like playing media in several different formats, this is the app for you. Best of all it comes at a great price.