On May 26th, 2016, people from all over the world joined a momentous night for virtual reality. Thousands of people laughed and danced together inside a medium notorious for isolation. Thanks to Reggie Watts and AltspaceVR, virtual reality is now a new platform for hanging out together.
At one time, more than 1200 people experienced the Reggie Watts show together. AltspaceVR raced to keep the virtual doors open as more and more people joined. Technical difficulties prevented some from getting in. The community was very supportive for this event experiment, and helped AltspaceVR uncover some tough-to-find scaling issues. This historic experiment will make it possible to scale to even more people joining future events.
How did we do it?
We premiered our newest product, FrontRow for the event. FrontRow is a new technology that gives everyone a front row seat to events in VR and gives hosts limitless capacity at their events.
With FrontRow, thousands of people can attend an event together despite their geographic location and feel like they are there in person. This release is a game changer for the industry, and opens doors for the use of VR as a communications medium for consumer and business markets.
Most experiences today in VR are solitary. Even multiplayer VR games typically include only a small group of 4–6 people. AltspaceVR’s FrontRow makes it possible for thousands of people to experience events together yet be with their friends and just a few feet away from the performer in VR — without leaving their living room.
AltspaceVR’s FrontRow technology intelligently mirrors performers’ avatars to all the audience locations. The performance spaces are automatically added as more and more people join. The performer’s gestures, movements and voice are instantly shared in all the performance spaces.
Stay tuned for our next event by joining our newsletter.