When Facebook acquired Oculus Rift, the virtual reality maker for $2 billion last year, it didn’t seem likely that the company had any plans to use the gear on its social network platform. But to our surprise, that was one of Facebook’s plans all along. The company at Code/Mobile event announced today that it is building virtual reality-centric apps for its platform. Also Read - Internet turns 25 in India: Here's how the next 25 years may look like
At the event, Chris Cox, the company’s head of product said that Facebook VR is on its way. “We’re working on apps for VR,” he said. While Cox didn’t share any more specifics of the app, he did note that the apps in question will have the potential to become an everyday way of sharing. “You’ll do it. Beyoncé will do it,” he said. Also Read - HTC to launch a flagship smartphone after 2 years in July 2020
Citing an example of the movies for the VR, Cox seemed excited about the unique set of experience a user could have inside the VR. “Have you used some of the film demos inside of VR?” Cox continued. “You realize, when you’re in it, that you’re looking at the future, and it’s going to be awesome. When you’re in Facebook, you’re just sending around these bits of experience — a photo, a video, a thought,” Cox said, whereas with VR, you could be “sending a fuller picture.” Also Read - Apple acquires Virtual Reality startup NextVR
But how soon can we expect Facebook app versions of VR? “A while,” said Cox. “We’re a long way away from everyone having those headsets,” he said.