After months of anticipation, Oculus’ standalone headset, the Oculus Go has finally arrived. It’s a long time coming and may signal a step in the right direction for the future of VR headsets where mobility is just as important as immersion. Along with the release of the headset and it’s many launch titles (some old and some new), we also got updated versions of Oculus Rooms, Avatars, and Venues.
If you’ve used Oculus Rooms (which launched for Samsung Gear VR back in 2016) before then you’ll already be familiar with all of its social features. But in essence, Rooms is a social space that lets you do all sorts of things like watch movies, listen to music, and play simple board games – all of which you can do with the avatars of your VR friends, should you want to. With the update, Oculus added new customizable features to the redesigned studio loft Rooms area, and a whole lot of new customization options to the avatars as well through an all-new Avatar Editor that’s set to come to Oculus Rift as well. So now you’ll be able to make your character look like you, or not if you’re so inclined, while changing up the room to fit your style and needs.
You can pick everything from the floor and wall details, to the outside scenery. Plus once you’re done with that, you can rest easy in your swanky new pad and watch some movies or play some games with friends. Right now there are only a couple of light card and board games available, but more are coming through a partnership with Hasbro which puts Boggle, Monopoly, and Trivial Pursuit on the table.
Share Your Life Or Go Live It With Others
The Oculus Go natively supports the Gallery (that we also first saw with the Gear VR) which lets you stream all your media from Facebook and Instagram, and from your phone to your headset. But if you get tired of looking at baby photos and pics of stylized food then you could always head over to the new Venues. This feature lets you watch live concerts, sports, comedy and other events from inside VR. Plus all your VR buddies can also join you – along with “thousands” of other virtual visitors from around the world.