As the owner of Oculus VR, social networking giant Facebook is one of the driving forces behind virtual reality (VR) technology. The company hasn’t interfered too much with the Oculus Rift head-mounted display (HMD) maker since its purchase for $2 billion USD last year, but has provided the funding and support necessary for it to grow. But, while Oculus VR continues to move ahead to the launch of the consumer Oculus Rift next year, Facebook itself is still warning that VR fans need to have patience while they wait for ‘incredible’ VR.
Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer said as much in a recent interview with Geek Wire. “The trick with VR is, it’s going to be incredible, but everyone is going to have to be a little patient,” Schroepfer said. “I think everyone wants it today, including me, but we have a long roadmap for this. We are already planning out the second and third generations after the one we’re going to ship. It’s going to be amazing, but it’s just going to take a while for the hardware to get out there, and then to work with third-party developers to build all the experiences, because that’s going to be the real long pull.”
Earlier in the year Facebook detailed some of the first integration between its own service and the Oculus Rift. Users will soon be able to upload 360 degree videos to their news feed and then put on the HMD and step into them. This is just the first stage of what Facebook has planned for the Oculus Rift; no doubt in the years to come the company hopes to look towards bringing two people together online using other input technologies such as Oculus VR’s newly-announced controllers, Oculus Touch. That’s set to launch in H1 2016 while the Oculus Rift arrives Q1.
VRFocus will continue to follow Facebook’s work with the Oculus Rift closely, reporting back with the latest updates on the company.