Many believe that Virtual Reality (VR) is the next big thing that will happen to mankind. Several technology giants have already begun investing in this field, and are making efforts to make it mainstream. One of the biggest investors in the VR is Facebook. The social media giant has already made some efforts in this direction by acquiring Oculus, one of the biggest names in the field of virtual reality. From adding support for VR videos to interesting concepts like ‘virtual selfie sticks’, the company has been aggressively integrating virtual reality into its platform. Facebook is now expected to announce its next move for the virtual reality technology. Mark Zuckerberg is likely to reveal ‘something new’ related to virtual reality at 10.30PM tonight.
Mark Zuckerberg posted a photo of himself and Product Manager, Social VR, Facebook, wearing the Oculus Rift and holding the Touch controller. “Getting ready to demo something new we’ve been building in virtual reality. Tune in tomorrow at 10am pacific time to hear about the future of VR at Oculus Connect,” the post read. According to some reports, Facebook will most likely announce the integration of Oculus with the social networking platform.
The latest announcement comes months after Facebook announced setting up a dedicated team that will focus completely on virtual reality and possibilities to integrate the technology with social interactions. Zuckerberg has been one of the biggest advocates of the virtual reality technology. “In the future, VR will enable even more types of connection – like the ability for friends who live in different parts of the world to spend time together and feel like they’re really there with each other. We have already helped people connect in a wide variety of ways on devices – ranging from Facebook and Instagram to Messenger and WhatsApp – and now we want to apply that same approach to the new medium of VR,” he said earlier this year.
To recap, Facebook acquired Oculus Rift in 2014 for $2 billion. Even though Zuckerberg initially said that Oculus will operate separately, but it appears Facebook will be sooner or later integrating the technology with the social networking platform.