Facebook is working on apps that will work with virtual reality devices, the social network has confirmed. Capitalizing on its $2 billion acquisition on virtual reality headset producer Oculus VR, the company is apparently producing apps, not just for the consumption of VR content, but also allowing people to easily make and share content for VR systems.
Speaking at the Code/Media conference, Chief Product Officer Chris Cox admitted to the VR development program. Citing existing demonstrations involving video, Cox suggests "You realize, when you're in it, that you're looking at the future, and it's going to be awesome." While using Facebook now involves sending "bits of an experience," including photos, videos, and status updates, Cox hypothesizes that, by using VR, you could be "sending a fuller picture.
When questioned about the creation of VR content by Facebook users, Cox advised "Totally. You'll do it, Beyonce will do it." Despite the apparent simplicity suggested by the comment, the product chief did not suggest how this will be accomplished by end users.
As for when Facebook anticipates virtual reality will be headed to users, Cox suggests it won't be for "a while," admitting "We're probably a long way from everyone having these headsets."
In November, Oculus VR CEO Brendan Iribe suggested that the consumer edition of the VR headset is "close," and that the current Crescent Bay developer headset is a "largely finalized" unit close to being a consumer product. "We're getting very close. It's months, not years away, but many months," advised the CEO.