Tonight, more than 9,000 people will fill Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver to listen to Vance Joy, an Australian singer-songwriter with a name like a game-show host and an abiding love for ukulele. He’ll be playing songs from his most recent album, gracing the same stage that hosted U2 during their now-iconic 1983 performance.
But those 9,000 people won’t be alone. They’ll be joined by others watching it live—perhaps as many as in Red Rocks itself, perhaps more.
These other spectators will be watching from home in their virtual-reality headsets; courtesy of a new app called Oculus Venues, they’ll get their own panoramic three-dimensional view of the show. What a Real Wedding in a Virtual Space Says About the Future Coming Attractions: The Rise of VR Porn Facebook’s Bizarre VR App Is Exactly Why Zuck Bought Oculus Vance Joy at Red Rocks isn’t the first time people have been able to watch a live event via VR.
That’s been possible since 2015. And multiuser VR platforms have been able to accommodate small crowds of people for just about as long.
But as Venues’ inaugural event, this will be the first time they’ll be able to do it together, hundreds or even thousands at a time—talking with their friends, meeting new people, seat-hopping at will, and even ascending to a private viewing box if the crowd gets to be too much. Oculus has never done anything like this. Read more from wired.com…
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