Making virtual reality a social endeavor
Oculus Social is a new option on the Oculus VR platform that will let users create online profiles, share videos with friends and game together.
Launching on Thursday for anyone who has a Samsung Gear VR, the new features will include a host of what Oculus describes as social games designed specifically to make the VR experience inclusive rather than isolating.
Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rfit headset and Samsung’s technology partner in its own virtual reality endeavors, is now part of Facebook. Therefore, if users link their accounts, they can also share 360-degree videos and other immersive content with other VR users via the social media platform. However, connecting the two accounts is optional.
However, this is just the start. With the social element of the Oculus platform now official, the company is going to open it up to other developers in the hopes that even more connected ideas and activates are created.
“Virtual reality will continue to drive deeper social connections, and we can’t wait to bring it to more people around the world,” said the Oculus team in a blogpost.