Facebook to Develop Virtual Reality Apps


Facebook is currently in the process of developing virtual reality versions of its apps. The use of VR technology will allow users to go beyond sharing pictures and videos on the social media site, enabling them to share their current environments with friends.

“We’re working on apps for VR,” Facebook’s Head of Product Development Chris Cox said Tuesday at Recode’s Code Media conference. “You’ll do it. Beyoncé will do it.”

While Cox remained vague about the specifics of when Facebook might roll out its virtual reality platform, he did say it will be a while, stating that “We’re a long way away from everyone having those headsets.”

The apps will be developed for Occulus VR, a virtual reality startup acquired by Facebook last year for $2 billion. At the time, Mark Zuckerburg commented on the possibilities of virtual reality and Facebook saying, “Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures.”