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Oculus VR Offers New Features for Social Experiences

Sam Arnold

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Facebook subsidiary Oculus VR introduced the new Public Parties and Travel Together features to promote group gaming amidst the pandemic

Gamers who want to play virtual reality (VR) games with friends can now do so with Oculus’ new features. To promote playing together, Oculus launched the new Public Parties and Travel Together features. With these features, you can game with your friends while social distancing. 

What is Oculus’ Public Parties Feature?

Engadget reports that the Public Parties feature lets gamers to join VR voice calls in a large group. A maximum of 8 players can join these calls. Also interesting is that these players don’t even have to be on your friends list. With Public Parties, players can chat with literally anybody. Who says you can’t make new friends in virtual reality?

What Is Oculus’ Travel Together Feature?

In a blog post, Oculus said that Travel Together works to “allow groups to launch directly into social experiences.” With this feature, your group can jump straight into chats or calls without going through menus. You don’t even have to wait for friends to join you. 

Are There Other Features for Oculus VR?

Oculus also said that you could control who can find you on Oculus through your Facebook name. You can set your privacy settings to “Facebook Friends on Oculus” to filter the list. Just tinker with these settings if you want no one to find you, or if you want other people to look you up. 

These new features don’t work for all games and apps on Oculus, but there are already several supported games you can try.

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Posted by Oculus on Monday, July 20, 2020

Oculus is also a Facebook subsidiary.

Arnold is a senior British tech reporter at Tekrati. Before joining Tekrati, Arnold worked as an editor for his University Newspaper, writing sharable content for a student audience. Sam loves movies, running, and anything written by Oliver Sacks. The drink he chose is tea, which he does not recommend in large quantities.

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