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FACEBOOK VR SHOWS US WHY ZUCKERBERG ACQUIRED OCULUS

• http://www.popsci.com, By Xavier Harding

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg took the stage today at Oculus Connect in California to show off the company's vision for virtual reality and social networking. Oculus, the Facebook-owned virtual reality company announced software like Oculus Room and Oculus Social along with hardware updates like its plans for movement-detecting RoomScale using added sensors, and the official release date of the Oculus Touch controllers. But Zuck kicked off the #OC3 proceedings with an early look into the virtual reality version of Facebook's site.

The reasons behind the acquisition of Oculus in 2014 become much clearer when seeing Facebook VR in action. During the demo, we see a Justin Timberlake-looking Mark Zuckerberg joined by friends Lucy and Michael sharing videos and playing games. The social networking service will allow users to view 360 videos by surrounding the VR user with a video--and also make panning available simply by looking. Your friends will appear in the video as well as via their digital avatars.


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