Does social virtual reality exist?

Watching Netflix in the Gear VR is great, but it’s not social

Social experiences are at the core of this year’s Oculus Connect. This isn’t surprising — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg bought Oculus largely because of VR’s social potential. But Oculus has only recently started focusing on shared experiences. Earlier this year, it showed off a very, very subtle two-viewer mode for its short VR film Lost. At E3, its Toybox demo let two people see each other as stylized heads and hands. At Connect, it expanded on this with the Medium sculpting app for the Rift. On the Gear VR, it had something more dramatic: streaming video apps that let people watch Twitch, Netflix, and more while sitting with their friends in virtual chairs. ….[READ]


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