Recent price drops in virtual reality headsets have created a wave of excitement in our community by signaling a significant and encouraging step toward mainstream adoption of the technology. However, tech experts and VR aficionados alike know that hardware accessibility is just one small piece of the puzzle, which also consists of better content creation tools, applications, network mechanics and more. Another crucial component of the big picture is social VR. For those unfamiliar with the fairly new term, it generally means multiple VR users share the same virtual experience regardless of their physical location.
Historically, human interaction has been a powerful force in many of today’s game-changing technological advancements, especially, as its name suggests, social media. One example is how the gaming giant, Nintendo, started their recent comeback after collaborating with Niantic to release Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality game with physical team play. The social aspects of this massive multiplayer gaming app contributed to its enormous popularity.
Similar to the Pokémon Go approach, the market can activate greater interest in VR by offering more social interaction opportunities, as they play a critical role in mass consumer adoption. Following is a look at the advancements, hurdles and opportunities for social experiences in VR:
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