AltspaceVR is an interesting take on making the virtual reality experience a more social, shared one between friends. One way to think of it is like a Second Life, the online shared world where people can customize avatars and personal spaces, but updated for the future of virtual reality. Now entering the world of AltspaceVR has become a lot more mobile friendly, as their app has come to the Samsung Gear VR.
AltspaceVR isn’t a game in and of itself, but once in the shared world users can play games with one another, as well as watch videos from services including YouTube and Twitch, or just attend social gatherings in different locations. While the social platform has mostly been limited to PCs with enough processing and video capabilities for high-end games, they no longer need to be tied to a desk at home with the Gear VR version.
Gear VR users experiencing AltspaceVR can not only socialize with one another, but with users on other platforms as well, including the HTC Vive headset, and in the near future the Oculus Rift.
“Our focus at AltspaceVR is creating the most natural and fulfilling communication experience possible online,” the company said in its Gear VR announcement. “AltspaceVR can now provide essentially the same capabilities using only the resources of a smartphone. As a result, Samsung Gear VR users can enjoy a full-featured AltspaceVR experience that is mobile, simple, and low cost.”