Facebook is preparing to blow your mind.
At the Code/Media conference this week (and as reported by recode) Facebook CPO, Chris Cox, confirmed that Facebook is indeed “working on apps for virtual reality.” Cox continued “When you’re in Facebook, you’re just sending around these bits of experience — a photo, a video, a thought, whereas with VR, you could be “sending a fuller picture.”
Does this mean we’re going to start seeing status updates virtually? (I’m pretty sure I won’t be the only one hoping that answer is no). All jokes aside, this is an amazing announcement coming from Facebook, who just recently released the Facebook Video Player to much success with sources like Techcrunch saying that Facebook “tries being a TV channel” and internet heavyweight Mashable declaring that “Facebook has become a video powerhouse.” Now, add in the virtual reality experience for users (who would also be creators) and you have a 360-degree experience that won’t just change how we use Facebook, but what we perceive we’re experiencing in our everyday lives.
While Cox says that we probably won’t see VR on mainstream Facebook for awhile, he does allude to the goal of equal opportunity access when asked about content creators. “You’ll do it, Beyoncé will do it.”
..and anything that’s good enough for Queen Bey is good enough for us!