Facebook working on virtual reality apps


You may someday be able to poke your friends in virtual reality. Facebook is working on VR versions of its apps, according to the company’s head of product, Chris Cox.

Cox didn’t go into any great detail when speaking about what Facebook has planned, but did talk about a world in which people will be able to share their current environment with friends via the app. Will you let people into your home? And will you tidy up first?

He imagines that this could become an everyday way of sharing. “You’ll do it. Beyoncé will do it,” he said. He was of course using Beyoncé as an example. But if it takes off, she may well be advised to let people into her world, or at least have someone do it on her behalf.

Don’t expect to be browsing walls in virtual reality any time soon though. Cox said it would be “a while” before we’ll get to try Facebook in virtual reality. “We’re a long way away from everyone having those headsets,” he added.

It comes as no surprise that Facebook is working on virtual reality bets. It purchased Oculus VR, the maker of the virtual reality Oculus Rift headset, last year for around $2 billion. “Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures,” Mark Zuckerberg said when Facebook bought Oculus. We are one step closer to this being a reality.

In Short: Facebook’s head of product, Chris Cox, revealed that the company is currently working on virtual reality versions of its apps.

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