I am familiar with AltspaceVR from a desktop version. I attended a couple comedy shows in the desktop and really enjoyed the spatialization of the audio although when somebody next to you is laughing really loud itâ€™s sometimes hard to hear the talent. I think we need a plug-in or some way of disabling spatialization when there’s a performance so that the performers audio feed is sent directly to each headset.
Another thing that is a sort of frustrating is that I donâ€™t always have my headphones that have a microphone. When you are in a Hangout or Welcome Space and someone comes up to talk to you, you canâ€™t tell him or her that you canâ€™t speak. I wish there was a text function with generic phrases that I could send them.
One thing that was fun in the Welcome Space was a globe that showed where everyone was from that is in the room at that time. You can also access a menu that shows you everyone that is in Altspace and what room they are in. So if you meet someone one time, you can find him or her again.
I decided to check out the Tumblr Gallery. This is pretty cool because you can curate your own gallery presentation. The space itself has some interesting spatial audio treats. There is a fireplace with the sound of the fire and itâ€™s localized in that it fades away when you walk away. There was another person in the room that asked me if I could hear the clock ticking when near a particular image. I did hear it, but we couldnâ€™t figure out where the source was.
There are lots of other treats like this. In the â€œLet’s Hang Outâ€ room, if you go over to one corner by the couch you hear the buzz of the lamp. In the jungle maze, there is a location recording of jungle sounds and crickets that was pretty cool.
In general Altspace is really fun and a great way to meet new people and they have special events all the time. Very fun app and the Gear makes it even more fun.