Virtual reality will only become successful when it reaches a mass audience. It will become a new, important medium only if everyone chooses to connect. This is a tall order for such a new technology. But it is entirely possible if VR products are designed with Social in mind. Given the importance of presence and immersion in VR, it is especially important that identity travel seamlessly with the user from experience to experience. Given the fragmentation in the space, being cross platform is crucial as well.
That is what SurrealVR solves with its Social VR framework. It’s a plugin toolkit that lets VR designers and developers focus on what they do best, while taking advantage of our full selection of features such as customizable avatars, room and lobby system, voice chat, friends list, networked physics, networked video player, embedded analytics and advertising tools, and much more. This framework, the result of several years of development and collaboration with multiple teams from the HTC ViveX and Boost VC accelerators, is being made available to HMD manufacturers and independent VR developers. Developers can test the framework by downloading SurrealVR from Steam or HTC Viveport.
SurrealVR is fully cross platform, supporting the HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, Samsung GearVR and Google Cardboard and Daydream, so players can connect on their platform of choice. If you’re interested in taking your VR experience social, please get in touch! We look forward to hearing from you.