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Oculus Cinema aims to be just like real cinema, will let friends across globe talk during movies

The technology of the future is getting a forgotten feature from the past. In 2011, Microsoft removed Party Mode from its Netflix app. The option allowed viewers to watch movies and television shows together over voice chat within Netflix. Today, Oculus has announced a similar feature will be available in an upcoming update to Oculus Cinema.

In an interview with Road to VR, Oculus founder Palmer Luckey explained how the company wants to "replicate the experience of being in a movie theater or home theater with all of your friends."

"We already have a lot of internal social functions in Cinema that are going to be rolling out in the next few months," said Luckey. "Things like avatar systems, being able to communicate with people over long distances... rather than just local multiplayer, but having actual long-distance multiplayer as well."

Oculus Cinema is currently available for Gear VR, and will launch with additional features alongside the Oculus Rift.