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Oculus Social launches on Gear VR, Facebook tie-in coming soon

You can connect with friends to play social games, watch video or share posts in VR.
Richard Lawler, @Rjcc
March 9, 2016
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Following the lead of nearly everything else on the internet, Oculus has announced it's adding social features to the company's VR platform. Starting tomorrow, Gear VR owners will be able to create a profile of their own, and then search for others by their real name or username. Social hooks aren't that unexpected for a company owned by Facebook and of course, tie-ins for that are coming as well. We reached out to Oculus and the company says linking your account with Facebook will be completely optional, but for those who want it, it's coming next week.

Users will be able to like and share Facebook's 360-degree videos from within VR, and an API for developers to create social links is coming soon as well. Right now users can check out new VR games that let them play with friends or create virtual rooms to watch videos with friends. Social Trivia is a 4-player knowledge game, while Herobound: Gladiators invites up to four players to try out arena-style combat. Finally, now that there are identities, you can also leave reviews under your account name in the Oculus Store.

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