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Oculus updates Rooms on Gear VR, adds direct Facebook livestreaming

During the Oculus Connect 3 event in October 2016, the company announced plans to make Gear VR more social with Oculus Rooms and Parties for the device. These features were launched in December and today Oculus Rooms has received a big update, as well as the launch of Oculus Events.

For Oculus Rooms 1.2 users can now access a wider selection of content including music videos from Vimeo, and 360-degree videos are now supported. To make locating content easy a voice search option has now been made available.

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Livestreaming has become immensely popular on Facebook and now Gear VR users can share with the world to. Rolling out today, Facebook Livestreaming allows users to take their online friends into their virtual worlds, as they play games or enjoy 360-degree content. Presently this is currently available to Gear VR users outside the US, with a further roll out in the coming weeks.

With Oculus Events users will find it easier to locate friends and jump into an experience together. Highlighted events are showcased in Oculus Home, with a dedicated Events tab where users can set reminders for upcoming events or jump into one that’s currently live. Oculus Events include a myriad of options to choose between, from multiplayer games and tournaments to tech talks and trivia.  To kick things off tonight there will be a Super Turbo Poker Tournament from Casino VR Pokertest those poker skills with blinds increasing every five minutes.

Lastly there’s Oculus Voice for Oculus Rift as well as Gear VR. Currently supporting English speakers, it’ll allow voice searches to be performed from Oculus Home to navigate games, apps, and experiences.

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