Oculus Announces Social VR Features


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Facebook owns Oculus, so it should come as no surprise that social may become a big aspect of VR.

Starting tomorrow, users on the Gear VR platform will be able to create their user profiles and search for friends by username and then interact with them in the VR space.

The company announced in a blog post an effort called Social Trivia, which will allow the user to hang out with buddies’ avatars in a social space and compete in trivia battles. Users will also be able to create VR chatrooms of sorts with Oculus Social where they can watch videos together from Vimeo or Twitch.
If all this sounds familiar, it is. Just check out what AltspaceVR does.

Just a few weeks ago CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the work that the company was putting forth on social VR 

…pretty soon we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you’re just there right there in person,

In addition to the social room features. Oculus announced a new multiplayer game that makes use of some of the new social features.

Herobound: Gladiators, the multiplayer adventure game, is now available on the Oculus Store. Band together with up to four people to conquer goblins and demons in arena battlefields. Use integrated voice chat to talk and strategize in real time for co-op action.

Currently talked about for the Gear VR but you can fully expect this feature to land on the Oculus Rift as well.

For developers who wish to write social features later this month, Oculus will be releasing developer tools to “make it even easier to create more incredible social VR games and apps.”