Undoubtedly one of the biggest technology stories of 2014 was social network giant Facebook’s $2 billion USD acquisition of Oculus VR, the maker of the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD). Despite this it’s fair to say that Facebook has had a fairly hands-off approach with Oculus VR, allowing the company to continue with its own plans whilst ramping up hiring and expansion. According to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, VR tech is still ‘rough’ but will be an ‘important trend’ in the future.
Zuckerberg said as much in a recent Q&A carried out in Bogotá, Colombia as reported by Gamespot. “You guys all remember the first mobile phones were terrible, and that’s kind of the stage where we are now with virtual reality and augmented reality,” he said. “It’s extremely early stage and the early stuff is very rough still, but I think that’s going to be a really important trend.”
“We’re really excited about that as well,” Zuckerberg concluded. “We’re building that with Oculus which I think is by far the leader in virtual reality and it’s going to be very exciting to see how that develops.”
Recently Oculus VR showcased its latest prototype for the Oculus Rift, named Crescent Bay, at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. There the company revealed new HRTF audio technology that is to be added into an upcoming software development kit (SDK). Talk of the anticipated consumer version of the HMD (CV1) is rife at the moment, although Oculus VR itself is yet to announce any details on such a product at this point in time. With luck, those details will arrive in 2015.
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