If there is one thing that will push VR into mainstream use, it’s social media integration. With the Gear VR and Facebook teaming up, look forward to a future of us all constantly having headsets strapped to our faces.
Samsung says the feature will allow us “to engage with one another in the virtual reality space like never before.” This is less about scrolling through your feed, and more about Facebook recently joining YouTube to support 360 videos.
“A personalised feed of 360-degree and traditional videos based on friends and followed pages is now available, creating a social media experience like no other,” Samsung said in a statement.
Facebook Videos is accessible via the Occulus Video hub, and is separated into four categories: 360 Trending, 360 Featured, Shared by Friends, and Saved.
“We’re very excited that through our partnership with Facebook we are able to introduce new Gear VR features that will help people share their virtual reality experiences with family and friends,” said Prasad Gokhale, Vice President Mobile Division, Samsung Electronics Australia.
“We believe this will enable more people than ever to enjoy the exciting experiences Gear VR has to offer.”