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Kodi on Oculus Quest 2 for VR 180 videos

vivman1107
Level 2

Hi all. I have been trying to get Kodi working on my Oculus Quest 2 in order to play VR 180 videos. I have a lot of videos in this format on my NAS and would like to use Kodi because of its metadata capabilities. I was able to sideload Kodi for Android onto the Quest 2 using Sidequest. VR 180 videos play but not in VR as with other players. They play with the video for both eyes output on one flat screen. I am currently using Skybox VR on the Quest to play the videos and they play in VR correctly using it. There are two possible solutions I see:

  1. Watching the VR 180 videos with Kodi as the player. There may be settings in Kodi that I have not used that will enable it to play VR 180 videos. I have tried setting "Stereoscopic 3D mode" to "Side by side" but this causes 2 copies of the video to be shown on a flat screen (4 split screens). I have read that since Kodi is sideloaded it has no awareness that it is running on a VR headset and will not play VR 180 videos correctly.
  2. Watching the VR 180 videos with Kodi and an external player. Since I am able to watch these videos correctly using Skybox VR I thought it would be possible to set up Skybox VR as an external player in Kodi. I did this but Skybox VR did not load when a video was selected in Kodi. My thought is that as Kodi is sideloaded it is not able to interact with apps that have been loaded from the Oculus store. It may be possible to use another video player but I have not had any success.

Any advice or suggestions to get this working are welcome. Thanks.

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jacobite1958
Level 2

If you have kodi installed on a computer I would suggest downloading virtual desktop all your problems solved. Installing kodi on to your quest is not so great for vr content as it was not built for that. The tools in virtual desktop solved all these problems for me. 

NomadsAnIsland
Level 6

Why not enable SMB on your NAS. Then use Skybox to connect via SMB (network options) and view your 180 VRs in Skybox.

 

Kodi can be loaded on some NAS boxes. Enable DLNA and then you can connect Skybox via DLNA.

xsval13
Level 3

Hello, please, how were you able to set up Skybox VR as an external player in Kodi, as you describe in point 2?

Hi. I ended up going with a third solution that was suggested by someone in another forum. I basically set up Kodi on another PC and enabled UPnP DLNA as described here:

https://kodi.wiki/view/Settings/Services/UPnP_DLNA 

Once this is done I used Skybox VR and it automatically detected my Kodi installation. All VR videos in Kodi were then able to be played by Skybox VR. I hope this helps.

Hi. Well, I am trying to set up an external player in Kodi for a slightly different reason - I use Kodi and its addons for watching online movies. I would like these to play in Skybox VR as they don't look too good in Kodi app, which is not tailored for the VR use.

hello if you use kodi in a pc windows

you need to use a playercorefactory.xml file

you need to put this file in userdata

see tutoriel in youtube

you need to use a playercorefactory.xml file

and in this file you need to edit it  then you  can choose an external player like vlc

you need to put this file in userdata

see tutoriel in youtube