Reddit has played a pivitol part in the revival of virtual reality (VR) technology over the past few years, providing one central location for the community to meet up and discuss the latest news and announcements. In fact, the VR areas of the site are so popular that Oculus VR itself uses it to post official updates to its Oculus VR Share platform for the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) and the Oculus VR Store for the Gear VR smartphone-based HMD. Now one of the site’s co-founders has teased that a possible VR version could be on the way.
Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian recent made the tease via his Instagram account. Ohanian posted an image of himself with a friend using the Gear VR, as seen below. The image was accompanied with the message “Just @catsweaters testing out @reddit VR…”
It’s not known if Ohanian’s message is serious or a joke on his part. Just how Reddit could translate to VR is unclear, as static web pages would need to be somehow transformed into a medium that’s comfortable for VR users, including support for head-tracking.
That said, VR has obvious applications for social sites such as this. While fans can only guess how Reddit might change to accommodate VR, Oculus VR owner Facebook has already revealed plans to support spherical videos on its own social networking site. VR is set to make a big impact on the way people consume social media in the coming years; could a potential Reddit VR app be the first example of this?
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all applications of VR, reporting back with any further updates.