Our first social experience in VR, last year at Oculus’ developer conference, was spooky.
Not horror spooky, but I feel like I’m really sitting in a movie theater with these complete strangers even though I’m really not spooky. Soon more people will have that kind of experience, as Oculus is set to roll out an integrated social feature for the Gear VR.
Much like Xbox Live or the PSN, Oculus’ mobile platform will soon have a built-in social element. Starting Thursday, Gear VR owners will be able to create a profile and find fellow Gear VR-owning friends (searching by either username or real name) to team up with or play against in various virtual reality games and environments.
New social games include Oculus’ own Social Trivia (as you’d imagine, it’s a knowledge battle you can play with friends), Herobound: Gladiators (a multiplayer arena fighting game based on the single-player Herobound series for Gear VR and Oculus Rift) and the ability to create social rooms (movie theaters, for collective watching experiences) in the Oculus Social app.