Facebook Beta Testing Improved Venues Software on Quest
Facebook has revealed that is testing a “new and improved” Venues software version with a small group of people on its Oculus Quest headset. The new software adds a lobby where you can meet up your friends and fans. There are also “more social features”.
Oculus Venues was launched way back in 2018 for the Gear VR and Oculus Go headsets and helped merge the Oculus virtual reality platform with Facebook’s existing social network as participants had to use their Facebook accounts to gain access to the live events in virtual reality. Both Gear VR and Go are being phased out and are no longer officially sold by their respective manufacturers. Facebook has now refocused its VR efforts towards the standalone Oculus Quest virtual headset and there are certain features that are backed by Facebook’s policy that now ask users to use the names “that should appear on an ID”. Facebook explains that the policy, which it also uses in its forthcoming Horizons social network, enables it to realize some virtual safety goals but users are also able to invite others from their Facebook social networking world into the social VR environment.
The testing of the “new and improved” Venues version began this week in beta access with a limited group of people on the Quest headset. Facebook contends that the new Venues experience will emphasize social interaction and includes a lobby where users can meet both their friends and fans. It will also feature additional social features. Facebook stated that it is going to continue rolling out the new Venues over the coming weeks and that there will be more to share soon regarding the new version of the platform.
The Oculus Store also leaked out a revamp on Friday that shows avatars that look like those which are being developed for the Facebook Horizon social VR networking service.