Virtual Reality Facebook is Coming for You and Beyoncé

By Gerald Lynch on at

It's been an inevitability ever since Mark Zuckerberg's social networking empire bought the virtual reality start-up, and yesterday the company confirmed what we already suspected. Facebook is working on virtual reality versions of its apps.

"We're working on apps for VR," said Chris Cox, Facebook's head of product, at the Code Media conference in Dana Point, California yesterday.

While Cox didn't go into much detail on the applications, he briefly described a system within which users could share their current environment with other VR users. It'd be a great collaborative tool, and one the company expects will eventually be second-nature to all of its 1.35 billion users.

"You'll do it. Beyoncé will do it," he said, using Beyoncé as an example of how VR can be a leveller between rich and poor.

However, it'll be "a while" before we'll see the fruits of Facebook's current labour, with Cox stating that "we're a long way away from everyone having those headsets," itself suggesting the commercial launch date of Oculus Rift may still be some way off. [The Verge]

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