Making virtual reality more social has not been an easy challenge so far. SK Telecom, one of South Korea’s popular wireless telecommunications operators, wants to help change all of that. The launch of the oksusu Social VR platform aims to bring users together to watch videos together in virtual reality. A first demo of this project will occur during MWC 2018 later this month.
SK Telecom and Social VR
It is rather interesting to see how people want to make virtual reality a more social experience. Given the fact users can create their own avatar whenever they want, it only seems natural VR and the social action come together at some point. SK Telecom is pretty certain they can be of help in this regard, as oksusu VR will bring people from all over the world together in the future.
Users gather in a customized virtual space where they watch content as if they were in the same room. An 80-inch HD television is at the users’ disposal. Whether it will be a sports bar, or a movie theatre, it remains to be seen how they plan to tackle things exactly. Being able to bring together users from all over the world to watch content together in a virtual environment certainly sounds pretty appealing. Especially when considering how this new oksusu platform is seemingly free of charge to use.
It is evident SK Telecom also wants to bring more interaction to their League of Legends team in this regard. Although these games are incredibly popular on Twitch and other streaming sites, bringing this content to VR in a social environment certainly makes a lot of sense for all parties involved. However, it can easily be used for concerts, sports, and virtually any other type of content people would like to watch together.
This new oksusu platform will also benefit from upcoming 5G technology in South Korea and the rest of the world. The ultrahigh-speed data transmission capable of being achieved will display an image quality of up to 8K. Even though neither the HTC Vive nor Oculus Rift support that many pixels, it is evident oksusu is primarily designed to be future-proof as well. Whether or not the general public will take a liking to this new social VR platform, remains to be seen.
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