Facebook’s new social Virtual Reality project

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Facebook has created a new “social VR” team, led by two video gaming executives, ahead of the launch of its Oculus Rift headset next month. The unit, unveiled yesterday, is the first time that Facebook has begun to consider how to bring its core social networking service into virtual reality, two years after acquiring Oculus for $2 billion… Facebook’s social VR team, working closely with Oculus’ engineers and designers, will compete with several start-ups that have already tried to bring videoconferencing and social networking into VR, such as Silicon Valley’s Altspace VR and vTime by UK-based digital studio Starship. Google is also investing heavily in VR, with a new smartphone-based headset expected to launch later this year… Oculus Rift will go on sale next month priced at $600.

 

Tim Bradshaw

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