Facebook has launched a VR and mixed-reality collaboration experience on Oculus, allowing remote people to meet and work together in virtual rooms.
Horizon Workrooms is free to download on Oculus Quest 2 and supports features like mixed-reality desk and keyboard tracking, hand tracking, remote desktop streaming, video conferencing integration, spatial audio, and the creation of Oculus Avatars.
With Workrooms, users are able to join a virtual meeting space in VR as an avatar, or video call into the virtual room from their computer.
Video participants show up on a video screen in the virtual room. Up to 16 people can participate in one meeting room in VR, and up to 50 people can participate on each call.
A virtual whiteboard is available to sketch out ideas together with others, while every room comes with a place on the web to capture notes and action items during a meeting, share links and files – and chat with other participants.
Workrooms also allows users to sync Outlook and Google Calendar to make it easier to schedule meetings and send invites.
Room layouts can be personalised to the nature of any meeting being held, with VR furniture and seating arrangements designed at the user’s discretion. The room even scales up and down to fit the size of the group.
When it’s used with the new Oculus Remote Desktop companion app for Mac or Windows, avatars even have access to their entire computer from within VR. All notes taken in the virtual room are simultaneously stored on the IRL computer, and the computer screen can be shared on the VR screen.