Shortly following last year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC), Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) creator Oculus VR confirmed that it was to be purchased by social network giant Facebook for some $2 billion USD. Since that time Oculus VR has been able to ramp up its operations at a considerable pace, but Facebook itself has kept its distance from becoming directly involved with VR. However it appears that the company is indeed working on its own VR content to be used with its website in the future.
The company’s Chief Product Officer Chris Cox recently confirmed as much at the Code/Media conference in at The Ritz-Carlton in Laguna Niguel, California, USA. “I mean, virtual reality is pretty cool. We’re working on apps for VR,” he confirmed in an on-stage chat. He went on to talk about the potential of VR, citing some of the experiences that have launch on the likes of the Oculus Rift over the past few years, referring mainly to 360 degree video content.
“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, noting that VR would grant users a ‘fuller picture’. He stated that Facebook users will be able to create their own VR content.
“You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it,” he said.
No other details about user-created VR content were discussed, although it’s not hard to imagine users uploading their own 360 degree videos and images to the platform somewhere along the line. In terms of timing, Cox did note that these plans were all still ‘a while’ away due to VR technology not yet catching on with the mainstream.
VRFocus will continue to follow Facebook’s work in VR closely, reporting back with any further updates on it.