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VR can feel a bit lonely, but not with Facebook trying to connect people through 'Venues'

At this year’s Oculus Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg announced that Facebook is currently developing a series of VR social spaces called “Venues.” Details are limited for the time being, but the main point of this idea is to get Oculus owners together to watch live events.

In a basic sense, it will be a social application of sorts where users will be able to “attend” live concerts and events virtually with other friends. Seeing (or not seeing) that VR can be lonely due to your eyes and ears isolating you in a way from the real world, creating an app like Venues could work to help with that.

And, as Zuckerberg reinforced on stage: “It’s another example of how VR is going to bring us closer together in ways that might not be possible in the physical world.”

Zuckerberg said Oculus Venues would offer events such as concerts, sporting events, movie premiers, and TV shows. He offered scarce details, but we get the impression that you could host a virtual viewing party of your favourite TV show with personal friends, or join public events with random strangers (as you would in the real world).

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