Oculus VR Friday announced new social features for the Samsung Gear VR: more video content for its Oculus Rooms feature, including 360-degree videos, as well as the launch of the Oculus Events (pictured above) feature, the ability to livestream directly to Facebook and Oculus Voice speech recognition.
360 videos are also available within Oculus Rooms for the first time, and the Oculus team shared the GIF below of Invasion! from Baobab Studios as an example.
Oculus Rooms also added support for voice search, with Oculus saying in its blog post:
Just select “Search” in the TV area and tap the mic button, then speak to search for any Facebook content you want to watch with friends, from cartoons to cat videos.
Oculus Events, which began rolling out to English-language users Friday, enables users to find public events, and the company wrote:
This new feature lets you find public events and interact with others in Gear VR. You’ll find highlighted events showcased in Oculus Home, and you can check out a full roster of Oculus Events in the dedicated Events tab. From there, you can set reminders for future events by marking that you’re interested or even jump into one that’s live at that moment.
Oculus Events runs the gamut from multiplayer games and tournaments to tech talks and trivia. This adds an entirely new level to social interaction in VR while also surfacing public events in a powerful way. To get started, check out tonight’s Super Turbo Poker Tournament from Casino VR Poker—a hyper-competitive game night with blinds increasing every five minutes. Ante up and test your poker skills against players from around the world.
The ability to livestream directly to Facebook is currently available to Gear VR users outside of the U.S., and Oculus said it is “coming soon” for all users with the latest version of Android on their Samsung smartphones.
Users with access to the feature can select the “Livestream to Facebook” button from the Universal Menu to begin their livestreams.
Finally, Oculus began rolling out Oculus Voice to English-language users on Gear VR and Oculus Rift Friday, saying that the feature enables users to perform voice searches from Oculus Home.