Oculus Gear VR Gets Social: Parties, Voice Calls, Rooms

Oculus VR introduced a host of social features for Gear VR users, which it originally announced at its Oculus Connect 3 event in October.

Oculus VR introduced a host of social features for Gear VR users, which it originally announced at its Oculus Connect 3 event in October.

Oculus said in a blog post that Gear VR users can link their Facebook and Oculus accounts or search by real names or user names to connect with fellow users and enjoy the following features:

Oculus Parties lets you and up to three friends join a voice call from anywhere in VR. Parties ensure that no matter where you go on the platform, you can always communicate with your friends.

Starting a party is easy. Click the “Party” tab in Oculus Home, select who you want to join the party, and you’re good to go.

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Today you’ll also be able to experience Oculus Rooms, a private virtual space to spend time with friends in VR. We focused on enabling social activities that mirror how you may hang out with friends in real life.

Once you and your friends are in a Party together, you can easily join Oculus Rooms. From there, you can choose what you’d like to do: Gather around the TV and watch videos, play matching or guessing games, or hit the group app launcher to jump to a multiplayer game like Dragon Front or Drop Dead. Look for even more apps to support this feature in the coming months.

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Gear VR users: What are your thoughts on these new features?