Oculus Avatars Are Coming to Steam and Daydream
The Oculus development team revealed that Oculus avatars will enjoy cross-platform support, and they will be coming first to the Daydream and Steam platforms.
Oculus Virtual Reality Avatars Will Cross Platforms in 2018
Oculus’ VR avatars are a lot of fun, but they lack something that would make them really useful as online avatars: portability, you can’t use them outside the Oculus platform. Fortunately, they’re now being set free. The company revealed that all Oculus avatars will enjoy cross-platform support in 2018, including Google’s Daydream and Steam VR.
It’s not clear yet if there will be limitations to the use of Oculus avatars on other platforms, but Oculus promises tangible upgrades to the avatars themselves.
One of the best improvements is that avatars will now look more natural than ever: there will be eye tracking for interesting objects (such as a bouncing ball or your fingers), skin shading, and also speech synchronization. We expect they don’t look like the glasses-wearing ghosts we have today, but rather much more polished.
Developers will be able to contribute their own custom-made apparel, so it looks like customization will be richer than before. People will have the chance to create virtual reality avatars that look and behave more like real people.
Oculus also revealed other interesting features coming in 2018, such as the Oculus Mixed Reality Capture: