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April 24, 2017

Top 7 Social VR Networks You Can Hang out in Now

Mark Metry, Founder of VU Dream
It was at this point that it occurred to me that we may never really need the fabled Star Trek transporter H.G. Wells’ time machine, because in virtual reality, you can already transport to any place or time with a mere gesture.
– Adario Strange
Virtual Reality is one of the most social technologies ever created.
 
Similar, to the way the cellphone has collapsed geography and time to connect with another mind in real time VR is the next level up.
 
Imagine a world where location is no longer a factor.
 
Borders, geography, nor time will bound VR’s social applications. The future almost looks like there will be no such thing as losing touch with someone.
World Geography no borders

1. Facebook Spaces Beta

Available on Oculus Rift
 
Hang out with your friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room, no matter where you are. Use your Facebook photos to create your virtual self, then invite your Facebook friends to join you. You’ll find a variety of Facebook content, including 360 videos and photos, that can transport you to new places. Draw 3D objects with virtual markers, video call your friends outside of VR, and share selfies of your VR memories on Facebook. With Facebook Spaces, you can hang out in a whole new way – together.
Facebook Spaces

2. Altspace VR

Available on Daydream by Google, Samsung Gear VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and 2D Mode on Mac or PC. Compatible with Perception Neuron and Leap Motion.
 
Hang out with real people in VR
AltspaceVR is the leading social platform for virtual reality. Meet people from around the world, attend free live events, and play interactive games with friends. Day or night, there’s always someone to hang out with.
 
Discover and attend free live events
Get up close and personal with celebrities like Drew Carey and Al Roker, comedians like Reggie Watts, authors like Robert Scoble, DJs, YouTube personalities, artists, and more. You’ll always get a front row seat.
Choose from over 30 activities to play
Don’t VR alone! Join a game of Holograms Against Humanity, listen to a jukebox, paint a masterpiece, play a round of disc golf, or explore the different spaces. It’s easy to meet up with friends and make new ones.
AltspaceVR

3. High Fidelity

Available on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, LEAP Motion, Hydra PrioVR
 
High Fidelity enables you to use common formats, tools, and languages to build complex interactive experiences, share processing power among users and scale to thousands of people and petabytes of data in a single space
 
FULL 3D AUDIO
Low-latency, server-mixed, reverberant audio from hundreds of simultaneous sources
FACIAL FEATURE AWARE
Sensor-based capture of gaze, facial expressions, and body language
 
LIMITLESS SCALE
Shared user-contributed computing power to host huge audiences
SCRIPTABLE API
Robust Javascript library for developing interactive experiences
CONTENT SCALABILITY
Dynamic assignment of multiple nested levels of detail using sparse voxel octree structure
 
OPEN SOURCE
Apache license client and server
DOMAIN OWNERSHIP
Registerable/searchable unique domain and location names
High Fidelity Social Worlds

4. Against Gravity’s Rec Room

Available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
 
Rec Room, the virtual reality social club where you play active games with players from all around the world!
 
DISC GOLF
Enjoy the great (virtual) outdoors with a game of disc golf!  Hear the birds chirp, enjoy the sunshine, avoid the water hazards…
 
3D CHARADES
A new approach to an old favorite. Grab a clue card, draw yourself a prop with the 3D pen, and act out it out while the group guesses.
 
PAINTBALL
Grab your paintball gun and get ready to dive for cover! Try Capture the Flag and Team Battle game types on multiple super-fun maps.
 
Also Dodgeball, Paddleball, Shield Soccer and more. Or just hang out and shoot hoops in the locker room with friends new and old. Rec Room welcomes people from all walks of life, from all around the world. Come and join the fun!
Rec room

5. vTime – The VR Sociable Network

Available on Oculus Rift, Samsung Gear VR, Google Cardboard, iPhone, Daydream
 
vTime is the first VR sociable network that allows anyone, anywhere to socialize with family and friends in virtual reality.
 
Using just a smartphone and a VR headset, or a tethered headset such as Oculus Rift, vTime allows you to meet, chat and interact with friends, old and new, near and far, in breathtaking virtual locations.
 
Make it personal
Personalize your experience by creating a vTime avatar and claiming your unique username. Change hair style and color, eye color, clothing and more to craft a bespoke virtual you!  
 
Choose your environment
Socialize with friends in one of our incredible virtual environments. Choose the location for your virtual meet-up from the ever-expanding vTime Destination library. Broadcast your sessions to everyone in vTime with vCast, and record them for others to view on-demand. It’s just like watching live!
 
Share your world with ours
vTime lets you socialize within your memories, by allowing you to chat inside your 360 photographs and images in the 360 gallery! Head to The Boardroom or The Archive to share your flat images and photos with friends!
VTime

6. VRChat

Available on Oculus Rift and HTC Vive
 
Over 200 Worlds and Growing
VRChat offers an endless collection of social VR experiences by giving the power of creation to its community. Whether you’re looking for new VR experiences or have an idea of your own,
 
Make Friends
Play and create with people from all over the world.
 
Create and Interact in Virtual Worlds
Using our Unity SDK, you can bring your imagination to life.
 
Your Home
Personalize your private space and invite friends to join!
 
Join the Community
VRChat is its community. We can’t wait to meet you.
 
VR chat is still an early access release. Lots of features will be added little by little over time.
VR Chat

7. Project Sansar

Coming Soon…
 
Sansar allows you to create, share, and monetize your own social VR experiences. Opening to the public in 2017.
 
Linden Lab is pitching Project Sansar as a 3D virtual world for VR headsets like Oculus Rift and HTC Vive. Many key details about the project are still under wraps, but Project Sansar will host a number of places designed by brands and hobbyists alike. Users will be able to explore the world, host meetings there and even play games.
 
One of the key differences to Second Life is that Project Sansar will be more scalable. In Second Life, a location could only be visited by a few dozen users at a time. Project Sansar, on the other hand, will essentially allow for replicas of a place to run in parallel, meaning that a brand could build a virtual gallery that can be visited by thousands of users at the same time without ever feeling crowded.

Conclusion

Check back on this page frequently for updates and additions.

We’ve seen a tremendous amount of disruptive change coming from the Virtual Reality Industry. It is surely certain that this kind of content will accelerate based on trends in the future.

You most likely have some other VR ideas that can change the world! Share them with us on social media!

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