Facebook Says Oculus Rift Not Just for Liking Things, Maybe Films As Well

By Chris Mills on at

Facebook's come out with one of its first visions for the future of that virtual reality company it just bought, and things aren't all bad: as well as viewing photos from your night out in Full HD, you can also get to watch movies.

Speaking during a keynote presentation at this week's Hollywood IT summit, Facebook VP of mobile engineering, Cory Ondrejka, said that Facebook has "wider plans" for Oculus Rift. Specifically (and not surprisingly, seeing as he was speaking at a Hollywood event), Ondrejka said that the intersection of movies and VR is something Facebook is particularly interested in, as with so many movies already CGI-heavy, VR is a natural next step:

"The assets that were already produced to make the movie can be re-rendered and can be reused to create new experiences...I would expect that Imax is going to be one of the killer experiences."

This is largely encouraging news for Oculus Rift fans, who were almost universally up in arms when Facebook's plans to buy the company were made public. This sort of innovation (or rather, the lack of) was the major fear with a behemoth like Facebook buying up a start-up; it's encouraging to see that the Zuckerbeast is still pursuing new and exciting things with Oculus Rift, even if it's not to do with gaming. [TechRadar]