Virtual Reality

Social VR

Bigscreen Beta

Bigscreen is a social VR app that lets you use your desktop in VR. You can use the app in a variety of ways, for example to play PC games, watch films or Netflix, do some work, all in a range of unique immersive environments. The app is not only extremely immersive and fun to use, but it also has a streamlined design which enhances productivity, for example you can use a built in capture mode alongside your recording software if you wish to record your Bigscreen experiences, easily from within the app. Recently, Bigscreen has also partnered up with Paramount Pictures to bring Top Gun 3D VR, alongside it’s announcement of a virtual movie theatre update soon to be available to US residents, and internationally in the future. The app is available on most of the major platforms including Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Windows MR, and there are already plans to bring the app to the Oculus Go in early 2018. Overall, Bigscreen is both an entertaining and useful application, and I’m looking forward to seeing how it will shape social VR experiences such as that of virtual cinema.

Rec Room VR

Rec Room is a virtual reality social game, where you can meet and play games with people from all around the world. The games stands out from other virtual reality social games, because the games available are not only social, but also challenging and active, for example quests with numerous levels and games that require movement such as laser tag. The game is reward based, providing players with daily challenges, and players are rewarded by levelling up and receiving items to customise their appearance further within the game. The physics and art style are also pleasing. The game is like a club, and you quickly become friends with many of the people you meet and play games with. The game will provide you with hundreds of hours of fun, is available for HTC Vive, Oculus Touch and PSVR, and is even FREE.

Altspace VR

AltspaceVR is a social virtual reality application, available for every major VR platform, and there is also a desktop version. It is simple to use, and you can meet people from around the world to socialise within virtual reality, and to attend unique free live events such as live events with figures from around the world such as famous authors and DJs. It’s a unique and brilliant idea, because it gives users access to the type of events that one might never get the opportunity to attend in reality. There are some games available to play too, such as disc golf and some popular ‘party type’ board games. Altspace also has a very friendly community, and is very supportive of it’s users.