Having previously been available for Oculus’ other two devices, Gear VR and Oculus Go, Oculus Venues will now be released for the company’s flagship standalone headset, Oculus Quest.
Oculus Venues has always been about live social experiences in virtual reality (VR), and what better way of experiencing the latest events than via Oculus Quest. The app is a one-stop for VR enthusiasts to hang out with their mates – or anyone else for that matter – and enjoy sporting events, concerts and more.
For the first time, thanks to Oculus Quest’s inside out tracking (Oculus Insight) and six-degrees-of-freedom (6DoF) Touch controllers, users can have full fluid freedom. This will make crowd interaction even more natural, being able to high-five your friends, cheer on your team or simply having a dance in VR.
There’s always regular roster of events going on via Oculus Venues and this month is no different. The summer season starts today with Liverpool Football Club vs Sporting Clube de Portugal at Yankee Stadium starting at 5pm PST (25th July 1am BST), followed by rock duo Tenacious D (Jack Black and Kyle Gass) performing rock-opera Post-Apocalypto live at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota on 31st July (1st August, 2:25am BST).
The inclusion of Oculus Space to the Oculus Quest platform, offering cross-compatibility with Gear VR and Oculus Go certainly helps to tie the mobile ecosystems together, but Oculus Rift/RIft S is still strangely left out. On the flip side, Oculus Rift has Facebook Spaces, which is still in beta and offers cross-platform access with HTC Vive but has seemingly been forgotten of late.
In the last 6 to 12 months Facebook Reality Labs has been concentrating on improving Oculus Avatars, most recently at F8 a couple of months ago, demonstrating full-body Avatar prototypes.
As further events are added to the Oculus Venues roster, VRFocus will keep you updated with the latest announcements.