Live Events in Virtual Reality!
We all knew it was coming, but how well do these events fare?
Last night Reggie Watts performed a 1 hour standup live on Altspace for hundreds of viewers utilizing a new addition to Altspace that they are calling “Front Row”. Now a lot of you know that I was creating a live social platform in VR at the same time as Altspace (Multiplayer VR) but Altspace has taken my idea to a new level and I commend them for the work they’ve done, they are doing a fantastic job!
Altspace, for everyone!
Altspace can be ran on the Oculus Rift, the HTC Vive, and even GearVR and Cardboard! For this reason Altspace is currently the best option for a social experience in VR, because of the broad spectrum of hmd’s supported, which includes over 90% of VR users. One of the reasons I am discontinuing support for Multiplayer VR (besides the fact that it only runs with legacy pre 0.6 sdk) is that there were not enough Oculus Rift users alone to populate the rooms enough to be entertaining.
Some of you who haven’t been to a live event in VR, or have yet to use Altspace may be wondering how such an thing works? in my opinion it is much like going to an event in reality. At the Reggie Watts event there were people in the back of the room, away from the stage, having conversations. People up front nearest the monitors (the audio source for the live audio feed) bobbing their heads and dancing to the music, and of course just people watching the entertainment!
Connect with me on Altspace: KevinGulling.com
Also big thanks @reggiewatts for being one of the first celebs with some vision of the future! It was great meeting you, funny as hell! Come back to VR soon!