Oculus wants to make virtual reality more fun and social and to that extent, it just added voice chat and the virtual rooms to the Samsung Gear VR. Users can link their Facebook or Oculus account or search people by their real names or usernames to connect with friends in VR, the company said in the blog. Oculus Parties allows users and up to three friends join a voice call from anywhere in VR. In order to start a party you have to just click on the party tab from Oculus Home.
The Parties feature is a chat system similar to the game chat option for Xbox or PlayStation gamers, enabling users to make voice calls and talk to others while wearing the Gear VR headset. You can talk to up to 3 friends on a voice call.
In addition to parties, you can now experience Oculus Rooms as well. In Oculus Rooms you can enjoy ‘a private virtual space to spend time with friends in Virtual Reality,’ that will ‘allow social activities that mirror how you may hang out with friends in real life.’
Meanwhile, ‘Room’ on the other hands is essentially virtual living spaces. This is a place where the user and their friends can hang out just to spend time together, interacting with the objects within the space or chatting up about the latest trends perhaps? This virtual reality space is also where users can sit around a large virtual television screen and watch videos from Facebook or gather friends to play simple game matches with one another.
There’s not much to the Parties functionality, aside from Rooms and a few games, but as Oculus is fond of pointing out, this is just the beginning. We are still in the era of silent film when it comes to virtual reality, and with competition between the HTC Vive and Rift heating up, 2017 is poised to be the year of Virtual Reality.