How Virtual Reality (VR) can actually be Social

Posted by John Onwuegbu | February 22, 2016 |

Facebook is keen to explore virtual reality (VR) and social interaction, and with a dedicated "Social VR" team, establish a long-term plan to build the future of virtual reality. According to Facebook's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, millions of new people will be getting to try the VR headset this year.

While, the "Social VR" will work with both Oculus and other teams at Facebook to explore the future of social interaction in VR, and how people can connect and share using today's VR technology.

The company about a year ago had chirped working on its own VR apps at Recode's Code/Media conference, and elaborately talked about making VR more social.

With the Samsung Gear VR, touted as the best mobile VR experience in the world, combined with the leading VR software, built by Facebook’s Oculus team, and world-class mobile hardware, virtual reality is already something people can touch and feel.

And Oculus had separately released a "Social Alpha" experience on the Samsung Gear which lets users watch videos on Vimeo or Twitch with other Gear VR users, thought not necessarily their Facebook friends.

Facebook is currently working on new technology that will make video in virtual reality even more better, 360 video on Facebook is the first step — it allow users to look around and feel like they’re present while watching a video.

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, according to Facebook.