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Facebook Offering Rewards for Reporting Bugs in the Oculus Rift

Social network giant Facebook has long offered a unique initiative in finding and fixing issues with its software in the form of bug bounties. This program essentially means that security researchers can report bugs found across a range of Facebook software, including the likes of Instagram, to the company to receive financial rewards of at least $500 USD. This week sees Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR incorporated into the program.

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The move comes following the completion of Facebook’s $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR. Users now have the chance to report any bugs they might find within the HMD itself, the software development kit (SDK) used to create experiences for it, and Oculus VR’s own website. According to The Verge, many of the bugs related to Oculus VR right now are located in its messaging system. Of course, the Oculus Rift itself is the first piece of hardware that Facebook has ever produced, meaning its inclusion in the program could transform it somewhat from simple software fixes.

“A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet,” Facebook security engineer Neal Poole told The Verge. “Potentially in the future, if people were to go explore and find issues in the SDK or the hardware, that is definitely of interest to us.”

The end of July 2014 saw the first pre-order customers start to receive their Oculus Rift second developer kits (DK2). Of course, the device isn’t a consumer product just yet so some bugs within its hardware could be expected. That said, reports of issues with the kit so far seem to stem from the new SDK that was released along with it instead of the DK2 itself. VRFocus will continue to follow the Oculus Rift going forward, reporting back with any further updates.