Oculus Venues Comes to the Oculus Quest

In 2018, Facebook/Oculus launched the Oculus Venues app for the Oculus Go and Gear VR. They describe Oculus Venues as follows:

Oculus Venues lets you attend LIVE events in VR with all the sounds, lights, and energy of really being there. You can watch the Golden State Warriors defend their title, rock out with top musical artists, catch an improv show, or enjoy a classic fright fest, complete with audience commentary. You can even get exclusive accessories or tops for your Oculus Avatar at select live events, including official NBA jerseys so you can show support for your favorite team! Oculus Venues puts you in the front row for concerts, sporting events, comedy shows and more. Choose from an ongoing calendar of live, immersive events in VR where there’s always something new to see. Join thousands of others to share the experience and meet other fans, or watch in solo mode from a box seat high above the crowd. Oculus Venues lets you feel like you’re really there for the best events in VR.

As of today, July 24th, Oculus Venues has been extended to the new standalone VR headset, the Oculus Quest!

Hang out with your friends or connect with thousands of fans as you take in all the lights, sounds, and energy of larger-than-life events from the best seat in the house. And on Quest, you’ve got full hand presence and 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) tracking, so you can dance to your favorite songs, cheer for your home team, and interact with the crowd like never before.

Among upcoming live events are a July 24th soccer/football match between Liverpool Football Club and Sporting Clube de Portugal at Yankee Stadium, and Tenacious D performing their animated and over-the-top rock opera Post-Apocalypto live at the Palace Theatre in St. Paul, Minnesota on July 31st.

Basically, I expect Oculus Venues will operate much like Bigscreen does, where your avatar is fixed in place in its seat and watching an (in this case, live) event on a screen in front of you. Note that this is a totally different concept from events such as the ongoing Monstercat concert series in Sansar, where the live performers are actually embodied as avatars sharing an experience with you in a virtual world, instead of being on a flat screen in front of you.

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