Slated as their most significant step in social VR since Facebook acquired Oculus in 2014, the newest update to Gear VR includes two features certain to get the party started in 2017. Oculus Parties is a VR chat experience, enabling up to three friends to voice call from anywhere in VR. Oculus Rooms provides private time with friends in VR, enabling friends to engage in social activities that “mirror how you may hang out with friends in real life.” While other VR companies have already ventured into this third party creation field, both Parties and Rooms marks the first time for Oculus and Facebook to offer this functionality to users of their VR platform. Even better news for VR partiers is Oculus promises more social VR advances to come.
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