WATCH | Virtual reality can whisk you away to exotic, far-off places. But, like in the real world, sometimes it's nice to just relax at home with some friends and catch a little TV. A new app called myVR puts exactly that kind of a quaint spin on social VR.
The myVR app, launched Wednesday, is from San Fransisco company myWebRoom and brings the service's personal dotcom-based rooms for stashing your online videos and news feeds to life inside of smartphone-powered VR goggles. Meaning: Instead of peering from a computer, you can now actually dwell inside of your myWebRoom online dwelling.
At launch, myVR rooms are fairly customizable by look and media content, but more personalization is coming soon, company co-founder John Michael Gonzalez told Circa.
You can invite a buddy over to watch videos in your virtual room.
Hanging out in VR
The social part of the new myWebRoom? You can have friends over to your virtual room to talk, surf the web and watch streaming videos together.
Starting a room hangout is like other social network voice chats: You hop over to a friend's page (room in this case) and click the call button to connect. "We've made everything ... feel very similar, because we want to make VR feel natural," Gonzalez explained, "and bring down that perception that [it's] more for gaming or it's overwhelming."
A great-looking VTime avatar.
Other VR social apps
VTime is another smartphone-compatible VR social app. With personalized avatars and lush scenes, it does a better job of providing a traditional VR 'feel,' but voice-chat is about the only thing you can 'do' in it.
Then there's AltspaceVR, an app for playing games and viewing online videos with friends in virtual reality. But, unlike myWebRoom, available for Android Google Cardboard goggles now (iPhone soon), AltspaceVR is only on premium headsets like Samsung Gear and Oculus.
When Facebook comes to VR, all bets are off
Of course, Facebook, the biggest social network on the block, owns the Oculus virtual reality company and is absolutely coming to VR eventually. It's even teased us with a couple demos in recent months.