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OTG USB Storage

thiskiwicanflythiskiwicanfly Posts: 6
NerveGear
I would like to be able to play 4k videos on the Oculus Go from my USB 3.0 external HDD while travelling.

I've read a number of comments about OTG USB Storage for the Oculus Go still being in the pipeline. But what I don't understand is why there is an Oculus support page for getting a USB storage device to work with the Go...

https://support.oculus.com/1909580119121971/#faq_1909580119121971

A number of people are saying that this doesn't work. Is this a currently supported feature or not?

In the meantime I've been looking at getting the WD My Passport Wireless Pro Portable External Hard Drive to act as a wireless media hub to stream 4k videos via DLNA to the Oculus Go. But I'm not sure if this will work successfully either.

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  • Full_BleedFull_Bleed Posts: 13
    NerveGear
    I've been in ongoing communication with Oculus support on this issue for a couple weeks now and have not gotten a satisfying response.  I first tried using an OTG flash reader with 2 gig, 32 gig, and 64 gig microsd flash cards.  The GO recognizes the drive (dings on insertion and will offer to format it if you don't have it formatted to FAT32)... but there are no apps that can actually access the device to show what's on it... including the Oculus Gallery app that the Oculus support page says can.

    Support has had me factory reset my device and wondered if maybe the device didn't support flash readers...

    So I purchased a SanDisk flash drive.  Same experience.  Dings on insert and removal.  Will format.  Clearly "sees" the drive, but there is *nothing* that can actually access it so far as I can tell (not Gallery, Skybox, Pigasus, etc.)

    I wish they would provide some accurate information on this... and I would love to hear from someone who has actually been able to use an OTG usb device with the go.
  • Nekto2Nekto2 Posts: 222
    Art3mis
    Do not know about storage, but you could connect USB keyboard same way :)
    Some games will work with it.
    You could run Legion ... It is doom like FPS. Use wasd keys for movement, qe to turn and t for other.

  • Full_BleedFull_Bleed Posts: 13
    NerveGear
    Nekto2 said:
    Do not know about storage, but you could connect USB keyboard same way :)
    Some games will work with it.

    That's good to know.

    At this point I'm wondering if the OTG USB Storage problem is software or hardware related.  Oculus support doesn't seem to know.  Which makes me wonder if anyone is actually doing anything to address the issue.  :/

    The support stub in the OP says that when in Gallery you can select "Connect Media" where you should see a "USB Storage" selection.  But on Gallery's "Connect Media" screen the options look like 4 hard coded options that you need to set up (Instagram, Dropbox, Camera Roll, Facebook.)  There does not seem to be a place for a dynamic/active option like "USB Storage."
  • peternrgpeternrg Posts: 17
    NerveGear
    Still waiting for this feature to be enabled 'again'.  I can remember that the USB Storage option was actually available in the Connect Media menu for just a couple of days last year.  I ordered some OTG USB sticks when I saw that, but the feature was missing again when I received my OTG USB sticks. 
  • Full_BleedFull_Bleed Posts: 13
    NerveGear
    peternrg said:
    Still waiting for this feature to be enabled 'again'.  I can remember that the USB Storage option was actually available in the Connect Media menu for just a couple of days last year.  I ordered some OTG USB sticks when I saw that, but the feature was missing again when I received my OTG USB sticks. 
    On the advice of Oculus support I purchased an OTG USB flash drive since they weren't sure that the GO supported the OTG flash memory card reader I was using.  The reader is seen just like a flash drive so I didn't think that would be the issue... but I humored them and tried a flash drive.

    But that ended up being a waste of money as both the flash drive and reader respond *exactly* the same.  The headset clearly sees the drives and knows what they are when they are plugged in, but there is no way to actually look at/access what's on them.

    Pretty frustrating.
  • jseguraejsegurae Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    peternrg said:
    Still waiting for this feature to be enabled 'again'.  I can remember that the USB Storage option was actually available in the Connect Media menu for just a couple of days last year.  I ordered some OTG USB sticks when I saw that, but the feature was missing again when I received my OTG USB sticks. 
    On the advice of Oculus support I purchased an OTG USB flash drive since they weren't sure that the GO supported the OTG flash memory card reader I was using.  The reader is seen just like a flash drive so I didn't think that would be the issue... but I humored them and tried a flash drive.

    But that ended up being a waste of money as both the flash drive and reader respond *exactly* the same.  The headset clearly sees the drives and knows what they are when they are plugged in, but there is no way to actually look at/access what's on them.

    Pretty frustrating.
    The only way I've managed to see enough movies is the following:
    I have the Total Commander program installed on Oculus TV.
    In this program I can see the files that are in my 64 GB pendrive formatted in FAT 32.
    I pick up the desired video file and ask me what program I want to open it with, the only one that has worked
    for me has almost always been Samsung VR. In the others I could not.
    The files must have the extension mp4, mkv does not work for me.
    It does not let me open them directly from Samsung VR, I have to do it through Total Commander.
    
    Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator, sorry if you do not understand well.
  • Full_BleedFull_Bleed Posts: 13
    NerveGear
    UPDATE:  The latest response I've gotten from Oculus support indicates that the current issues are software related:

    "Thank you for your continued patience. At this time USB storage is unavailable for Oculus Gallery. For use with USB storage you will need to use an app that the developer has made USB storage compatible for it from the store. You may need to check with certain developers to see if their app supports USB storage."


  • jseguraejsegurae Posts: 2
    NerveGear
    The only way I've managed to see enough movies is the following:
    I have the Total Commander program installed on Oculus TV.
    In this program I can see the files that are in my 64 GB pendrive formatted in FAT 32.
    I pick up the desired video file and ask me what program I want to open it with, the only one that has worked
    for me has almost always been Samsung VR. In the others I could not.
    The files must have the extension mp4, mkv does not work for me.
    It does not let me open them directly from Samsung VR, I have to do it through Total Commander.
     
    Translated from Spanish to English with Google Translator, sorry if you do not understand well.Escribe tu comentario
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