Oculus Launches 'Rooms' and 'Parties' to Make VR More Social on Gear VR
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- FRΛNK R.
- On December 16, 2016
In an effort to make virtual reality a much more social experience, Oculus has today started to roll out support for its highly anticipated ‘Rooms’ and ‘Parties’ features for the Samsung Gear VR, with support for the Rift coming in 2017.
First introduced at the Oculus Connect 3 (O3) event in October, both the new Rooms and Parties features are designed to bring people together in an immersive experience that make you feel more connected and social with others in VR.
With Oculus Parties you and currently up to three of your friends can get together and join a voice call from anywhere in VR—similar to voice chat systems on platforms like Xbox or PlayStation consoles. Parties ensure that no matter where you go on the platform, you can always communicate with your friends. To access this feature, simply click the “Party” tab in Oculus Home, choose who you want to join the party, and you’re all set ready to chat.
Once you and your friends are in a Party together, you can take the social VR experience further by easily joining Oculus Rooms. Essentially, Rooms is a private virtual living space, where you and your friends can spend time together to hang out, gather around a virtual TV and watch videos, listen to music, play simple mini-games with one another, and even join each other in compatible multiplayer VR games like Dragon Front and Drop Dead.
According to Oculus, this is just the beginning of social VR. In the coming months ahead, the team plans on adding more fun and new immersive ways to share the sense of presence with friends and take the experience of social interactions in VR to a whole new level.