Facebook is making the Oculus platform more social by launching a new app called Venues. With the Venues app, viewers are given a front-row seat to live concerts, comedy shows, and sports games through Samsung’s Gear VR and the Oculus Go headset (an entry-level, standalone VR device priced at £199).
Oculus announced that the first event to be live streamed will be a Vance Joy concert in partnership with AEG Presents at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheater. After that, the streaming action continues tomorrow at 7:00 p.m. (PST) as NextVR presents Gotham Comedy Live from NYC.
For more shows, you can check out the entire summer lineup through August 27th courtesy of Oculus.
Oculus has noted that they will include content from SHOWTIME later this summer, plus more film screenings of Lionsgate titles, new concerts from AEG Presents, live NBA League Pass games, and additional shows produced by NextVR, MLB games, and more.
The Venues app isn’t just about delivering cool content to VR, though, as the app has also been designed to populate the experience with other virtual avatars. This makes it easier to connect with someone based on common interests and mutual friends from Facebook if you turn on social sharing.
Oculus is beginning to understand that in order to sell more devices, it needs to expand its offering of digital content. By launching Venues, the company now has a broader "entertainment proposition" which will likely draw in a brand new user base.