LiveLike, the service that partners with sports broadcasters to create and host their VR viewing experiences, is going social.
As a refresher, LiveLike’s VR experience is a “virtual suite” overlooking the field, where you can select different camera angles, look around the suite, view pre-produced content, etc. And now you’ll be able to do this with friends. Starting with the CONCACAF Soccer Gold Cup next week users in the Fox Sports VR App (made by LiveLike) will be able to watch with their friends.
When opening they app users will be able to connect to Facebook and join a room with any of their Facebook friends who have also downloaded the app, or can select a random option where they are put in a room with three other viewers.
LiveLike explained that they’re using 3D audio, meaning your friend’s voice will get louder when you look at them and quieter when you turn back to the action.
Also, you now don’t even need to have a headset to use the app. Users can still download the app on their phone or tablet and experience a slimmed down version – basically they can scroll and pan around and see everything they’d see if they were actually in VR.
Eventually the startup wants to build in community-focused functionality, like the ability to watch the game in a virtual room with other fans from your team. It may help transform it from a novelty into an experience people actually prefer over traditional TV, especially if they are watching alone.