Community Download is a weekly discussion-focused articles series published (usually) every Monday in which we pose a single, core question to you all, our readers, in the spirit of fostering discussion and debate. For today, we want to know what you think about the upcoming VR Billie Eilish concert and what it means for the future of in-VR entertainment.
Oculus has really stepped up its promotion of the Oculus Venues live event app that’s featured on the Oculus Go and Oculus Quest. In Venues you are granted a seat at a real life performance by a musician, or at a sporting event, and it’s streamed using 180-degree or 360-degree cameras. In this way, your VR headset acts like a portal to the concert itself, providing the illusion of attending. Sometimes they offer a flat stream on a screen like a theater instead as well.
What makes the app extra neat is that it’s a multi-user experience too and you can look around and see other people using their Oculus avatars around you as well, watching the same performance in real-time.
Our dicussion topic this week, on the heels of the Billie Eilish announcement, is: Do you think VR concerts and other live events will ever become mainstream entertainment? As of now they’re little more than a novelty, but will they eventually become a highly anticipated part of the live entertainment industry for a large portion of the population? Or will it stay niche within a niche forever?
Comment down below with your thoughts and you may have a chance of your comment being featured in our weekly news recap show, VRecap, which airs every Friday on your YouTube channel.