The virtual venues let users experience live concerts and comedy shows in various viewing modes while socializing with virtual attendees, helping expand reachable audiences as well as offering key immersive experiences for fans

Facebook’s virtual reality division Oculus VR launched a new feature called Oculus Venues, allowing people to experience live events through their VR headsets. 

To get things started, the social media platform offered free access to Australian artist Vance Joy’s concert in Denver last Wednesday. The following night, NextVR presented Gotham Comedy Live from NYC. The feature is part of the Oculus app available for both Android and Iphone, and it’s compatible with both headsets, Oculus Go and Gear VR.

Oculus Venues allows virtual attendees to experience live events through various viewing modes, and even provides other people sitting next to users in the shape of avatars, preserving the concert-going feel. The app allows users to turn on social sharing, so they can connect with others who have the same interests.

Adding a VR component to live events is a complementary addition to regular ticket sales. While avid fans won’t give up the real thing, cheaper tickets via Oculus Venues could attract a larger crowd, and expand the geographical area for concert goers. Overall, the virtual venue provides greater accessibility for people who can’t or normally wouldn’t attend live events, helping expand the audience as well as provide more exposure for performers.

Oculus Venues


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Facebook’s virtual reality division Oculus VR launched a new feature called Oculus Venues, allowing people to experience live events through their VR headsets. 

To get things started, the social media platform offered free access to Australian artist Vance Joy’s concert in Denver last Wednesday. The following night, NextVR presented Gotham Comedy Live from NYC. The feature is part of the Oculus app available for both Android and Iphone, and it’s compatible with both headsets, Oculus Go and Gear VR.