Oculus Go Launches Live Events

Oculus Go Launches Live Events

...in virtual reality.



...in virtual reality.

Text: Gio Chiappetta

The Oculus Go by Facebook launched just a little over a month ago to great praise. Sure the games are fun, and the idea of watching Netflix in a virtual living room while taking the red eye from NY to LA is great and all, but for me there’s still something unnerving about going even deeper into my own tech k-hole. I’ve enjoyed sharing the headset with friends and family, most who’ve had the experience of owning or using the Nintendo Virtual Boy in the 90’s. At first people are intrigued, they use it to ride a virtual rollercoaster (my aunt was a bit dramatic), swim with sharks (my girlfriend fell out of her chair), all in all it has proven a great party favor and strangely enough, people seem to enjoy watching others experience the headset just as much as they do wearing it.

Imagine sitting in a movie theater or at a live event with hundreds of people from around the world, who are all experiencing the same thing in real-time, and having the ability to speak and be spoken to. Mind blown? It’s called Oculus Venues.

Having launched only a few weeks ago with Vance Joy in Red Rocks, Oculus Venues is the natural VR evolution of 'livestreaming.' You can watch live concerts, sports, and movies, all in real time and with the lights, sounds, and energy of being there in person. I found this particularly amazing as I was speaking with a Dutchman named Erik who was virtually sitting next to me (from the comfort of his bed) at the Angels/Mariners game yesterday. You can choose whether you'd like to view solo or with friends/family and other fans. You can even make new friends–it’s all connected to Facebook so it’s easy to connect with someone based on common interests and mutual friends.

For those of you who own an Oculus Go, Chromeo is airing live on Oculus Venues from Terminal 5 in New York City, at 9:30pm EST/6:50pm PST on Friday June 15. The concert coincides with the release of their highly anticipated album, Head Over Heels, which features collaborations with DRAM, French Montana and more.

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