Facebook developing apps for head-mounted virtual reality display

By Jay Jay

Treading further into the world of virtual reality, Facebook has announced that it is beginning to make VR apps for its users.

The aim is to enable Facebook users to create and upload VR videos with as much ease as uploading photos or videos on the website.

The move comes a year after Facebook purchased Oculus, an American virtual reality enterprise that was engaged in producing a head-mounted display for immersive virtual reality.

Speaking on the announcement, Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, said, “We’re working on apps for VR. 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.” "In contrast, VR is about sending a fuller picture … You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it,” Cox added. Facebook's announcement suggests that the head-mounted VR display is closer to reality that earlier thought.

It'll be some time before users will be able to start using the device en masse, but the first steps seem to have been taken. Palmer Luckey, CEO and co-founder of Oculus, appeared sceptical if not a pessimist. “Looking at a larger than life News Feed or someone’s photos in VR isn’t interesting.

It needs to be new experience. I don’t think it’s going to be Facebook the social network in VR, but people are narcissists and they want people to see what they think are their amazing lives,” he said.

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