Oculus Lets You Stream VR Gameplay To Facebook Live
Oculus is pushing an update out to its Gear VR platform to let users stream directly to Facebook Live. The feature is rolling out to users outside the United States, but Oculus says the feature will come stateside “soon.” Going live in VR is similar to how you would do it on the phone or desktop. You’ll press “Livestream to Facebook,” and you’ll go live on Facebook. It’s that easy.
While you won’t see support for Twitch or YouTube Gaming, it’s nice to have some way to stream. You might only reach your parents and high-school friends, but at least you’ll get to share the magic of VR. Oculus wants more people to see what VR is and become comfortable with the idea of VR.
Livestream VR gameplay to Facebook Live
Streaming VR can confuse users, but once they’re accustomed to the 360-degree experience, they’ll want a VR headset. VR streaming hasn’t carved out a market just yet, mainly because Livestream from a VR rig is not an easy task. It’s also hard because you’re not getting the same experience as the person who’s playing. It’s not like traditional games where everyone gets the same experience whether they’re in VR or not. VR esports are starting to take off with more games being built specifically for the VR esport arena. Having a way to share those games quickly, will help promote those games and the esports that surround them.
Oculus opening up to Facebook Live makes sense as Facebook owns them. It will be interesting to see if they open up to Twitch or YouTube gaming, which they likely won’t do.
Tell us in the comments below how you feel about possibly seeing VR gameplay in your Facebook stream! Also, tell us if you have a Gear VR to stream to Facebook Live!