VR Gaming can be lonely, after all you are effectively isolating yourself when you strap on the headset and headphones. Now those barriers are starting to break down with Facebook’s Facebook 360VR.
Facebook’s VR Gaming LiveStreaming
LiveStreams are a lot of fun, a lot of streamers do it to make a living, while others just want some company. If you are not familiar with game streams, they are basically live shows of people playing a video game and commenting on it.
People watch the streams because they can often engage with the player. Comment on their play style, get some tips from professional players, and even roast or mess with the player.
The way Facebook’s VR Gaming LiveStream is set up is very engaging. The people who watch the stream will get the exact view the player has, meanwhile the streamer is simply playing his VR Game with a chat open on the left of the screen.
As a result the streamer can play and read the comments simultaneously, bringing a much needed social aspect into VR Gaming.
Platform Available for VR Gaming Streams
At the moment you can’t stream just any VR content, Facebook is making this first step with Gear VR only. It’s obvious they wouldn’t offer the service for their competition (HTC Vive or Google Daydream), however Oculus Rift is not yet supported either. And, with this initial release, you must be located in the USA.
Facebook has stated that they do plan on supporting the Rift in the future.
This means that while U.S. residents can still watch the streams they can’t broadcast them…
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