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Free-roam VR Coming to the Oculus Quest this Summer

Now the first question I have to answer is naturally, “what is free-roam VR?” It is VR that allows multiple people to interact in the same virtual world. It’s also known as “shared-space multiplayer” in the gaming industry.

Until recently, these environments were very difficult to produce and required headsets and backpacks to play. But as we learn in this story from VRScout.com, ThrustVector, an Austin, TX company has advanced the technology by a couple of magnitudes. In the video above you see how freely and easily multiple people play in a virtual semi-shared world using a $400 Oculus Quest headset. ThrustVector expects the product to hit the market in the summer of this year.

What could that mean for agencies and marketers? People can virtually attend events and visit locations with a level of interaction. A new way for seniors to visit a college. Walking through the drawings of new buildings and large scale public projects in 3D, getting a first-person understanding of what the creation could be like. Mountain Dew will try to figure out how to get customers into their day-glo world of X Sports.The Red Cross might use it to let contributors walk down streets devastated by a disaster.

What applications do you see for shared experiences in virtual reality; either for your company or in general? Tweet them using the hashtag #MyBigVRIdea. I’ll pick a few good ones and post them!

What happens if you give a private pilot VR goggles loaded with flight charts and GPS info? You give them an opportunity to always see their way on a clear, sunny day; making it easier to fly, see other aircraft and land during bad weather or in low visibility conditions. It’s like IFR, but you can see. Check out the video below: