Facebook Mark Zuckerberg walks past audience members wearing VR headsets
Mark Zuckerberg wants you to start using virtual reality to look at your Facebook photos, share videos and comment on your mates’ status.
The internet gazillionaire was on stage in California in front of 2,000 people at the Oculus Connect developer conference. He revealed a brand new, wireless version of the Oculus Rift headset.
The new prototype doesn’t need to be connected to a PC or power source with pesky wires and uses an on-board camera to determine the position of the user. It’s different from the existing headsets that use external cameras to track you in the room – or, like Google’s Daydream VR, use a smartphone.
Before he even got to the new goggles, Zuck was already showing how he’d start using them in Facebook’s ecosystem.
Oculus Rift uses motion controllers to help you in the virtual world
"I think that building this software platform and a lot of these experiences is a big part of the next phase of developing virtual reality and bringing it out into the world," he said.
From Zuck’s point of view, the audience disappeared and he was in the Facebook offices with a couple of his co-workers. After a chat, he swapped to his home and used Facebook Messenger to call his wife, Priscilla Chan – who appeared in floating box as a video call inside the program.
Zuckerberg then took a picture of his virtual reality avatar with the floating box video inside his fake VR home and posted a picture of it to Facebook.
Zuckerberg taking a virtual selfie with his wife
It’s all a bit Inception – but Zuck reckons this will be the future for all of us.
"Virtual reality is the perfect platform to put people first because of presence. You feel like you’re really there in another place with people," he said.
"You have the space where you can do anything you want. You can play a game, you can do work. More importantly, you’re free to explore and you’re going to end up doing a lot more things together than you would if every experience was its own app that you had to go into separately."
Facebook made a swoop for the Oculus Rift company back in 2014 for $2 billion – and since then the virtual reality industry has surged.
Alongside Oculus Rift came the HTC Vive as well as the PlayStation VR , which will be officially released next week.
Google and Samsung are also getting involved with VR, with the latter launching a new platform called Daydream last week.
So, if you can’t get enough of the big blue social network in actual reality, pretty soon you’ll be able to do it a virtual one.