The virtual cinema for Oculus Rift Cineveo continues to take steps and evolve. After adding the expected file selector, today comes a very striking novelty that has a lot of potential if the author develops and expands it. This is the multiuser mode, which debuts today in version 0.9.9 and thanks to which we will not find ourselves alone in the cinema room.
Other Cineveo users will share a room with us. We will be able to see his avatars placed in the different seats (for the moment available only in the 4D room), and his head will move based on his real movements. It is an optional feature, which we can activate and deactivate with the A key, which adds an extra realism. At the moment there are 3 character models, although the author will be incorporating more little by little. Of course, each user is watching their own movie, we just see the avatars move and little else.
Unlike RiftMax, which is more oriented to the social and multi-user aspect, Cineveo will remain focused on the experience of watching the movie, creating an appropriate atmosphere. At the moment, the multi-user mode simply adds a plus of immersion by having a real audience whose head movements we can follow. It is an automatic and transparent process for the user, a connection is made to a central server that takes care of everything, without multiplayer waiting rooms, logins, friend lists or the like. The next step will be the inclusion of a chat with a hands-free interface that will allow connected users who wish to exchange short messages, all implemented in a way that is as non-intrusive as possible so that it does not affect the viewing of the movie. At the moment, the author has no intention of implementing options for friend lists, movie synchronization and so on, but he does not rule out raising it for later.