The Oculus Quest, and VR, in general, has this stigma of being a solo experience. Without being able to view what’s being seen inside the wearer’s VR headset, the experience cannot be shared or enjoyed, at least locally.
Unless VR games have been designed to work alongside other devices, such as Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes, or Covert, multiplayer on the Oculus Quest will be limited to the user and other Quest wearers. At Oculus Connect 5 we saw two local multiplayer games shown.
The first was Tennis Scramble – a possible launch title on the Quest – where two players wearing Oculus Quest headsets could play, in real-scale, virtual tennis against each other. This could also have been two players in different parts of the world, in their living rooms, online.
The second multiplayer demo shown was Dead & Buried Arena; an arena-based multiplayer shooter with up to 8 players, each wearing Quest headsets.
Players ran around in a world-scale arena, dual-wielding pistols whilst hiding behind real-world objects and walls. It was said that this demo was nothing more than a proof of concept of the technology, but with enough backing, you could see this being duplicated in VR highstreet arcades, or potentially in eSports tournaments for big cash prizes.
The freedom of wire-free VR multiplayer on the Oculus Quest provides a huge amount of potential to the VR platform. The experience may seem limited to the headset wearer, but for the one sitting in the driving seat, it’s going to be one hell of a ride!