Skip to content

Meet Your Friends In A Virtual Reality

Virtual RealityMore and more we’re seeing tech giants hedging their bets on the success of virtual reality platforms. Facebook and most recently Google, have all thrown their hats into the ring in the battle for VR supremacy.

Common visions of virtual reality evoke images of isolated individuals living out virtual lives in digital worlds reminiscent of the plugged-in, Matrix-esque citizens represented in Pixar’s sci-fi, Wall-E. Google on the other hand has a brighter and more social vision of the future.

At this year’s Google I/O, Google showcased their new features for YouTube VR. The latest expansion of Google’s VR platform, “Daydream” will allow users to join rooms with others to share 360 degree digital experiences together. Users will be represented by customizable cartoon avatars that appear within the virtual-sphere. The new YouTube feature will have microphone support to maintain the feeling of immersion in a virtual world with your friends and family in a sort of, virtual Google Hangout.

Imagine joining a VR room with other fans of your favorite artist to share in watching a virtual concert or music video; or hitting the virtual snowboard trails with your buddies in the middle of summer. These new features aim to place an emphasis on building communities and linking friends and families while dispelling the notion that virtual reality must be an anti-social experience.

Image courtesy of yusa2 / Adobe Stock

If you liked that post, here's more:


Dive Into YouTube VR, YouTube’s New Virtual Reality App

A few months ago, we mentioned how YouTube was building a standalone VR-app to be part of the reignited wave of VR-based products that have become increasingly popular in recent years. YouTube’s announcement regarding the design of this app proves that the ...


VR: Virtual Reality, Very Ready

It is hard to determine how a product will be received by the public. Sometimes brands try to create demand for new products to expand their line, for example when Pepsi tried to launch Pepsi A.M., intended as a breakfast substitute for coffee or tea. It di...


Uptime: A YouTube App for Friends

Google has recently launched Uptime, a new mobile app that has got the video world talking. Uptime takes YouTube to new social heights, encouraging users to watch videos with friends and simultaneously add comments and chat alongside these videos in real...