A socialising in virtual reality (VR) is fairly limited at the moment. Aside from multiplayer videogames, general interaction and conversations have been limited to one or two apps such as AltspaceVR and vTime, depending on the head-mounted display (HMD). vTime has only been available for Samsung’s mobile headset Gear VR, but now the software has launched for the Oculus Rift via Early Access on Oculus Home.
vTime allows players to create their own avatar and meet up with others online in one of eight virtual environments. Here they can talk and utilise a hands-free control system. They’re also able to connect other social media accounts to the network. Developer Starship recently added new features to the Gear VR version which are also included in the Oculus Rift edition. The update allows users to upload their own 360-degree imagery to use as a background rather than one of the pre-rendered scenes. And for normal 2D pictures there’s ‘The Archive’, where images can be viewed and shared with friends in vTime sessions.
And now cross platform support is included allowing both Gear VR and Oculus Rift users to interact with each other. As vTime is still in early access for the Rift Starship hasn’t yet upgraded the graphics to make use of the extra processing power afforded by the PC-based head-mounted display (HMD) so the graphics are still mobile quality.
As further updates are added VRFocus will bring you the latest details on vTime.