Oculus users will be able to integrate their Facebook accounts with the virtual reality headgear; its time to step into the world of virtual reality.
Facebook Inc.’s much anticipated Oculus Rift, which is perhaps the biggest, most popular virtual reality headset in the industry, had its first ever pre-launch event in San Francisco recently. The launch of the much awaited head gear is only a few weeks away. People at CNET got a chance to spend a whole day with the final version of the device to see how it works and what it is like to use it.
According to CNET, they only got a chance to play with half of the 41 games that have been made available on the product. The most important gadget with the gear is Oculus Touch which will not be available at once with the device but with the help of The Touch it becomes easier to move hands in space and grab things.
The Facebook owned platform has been gaining a lot of popularity on the social media lately. As per the new features on the device, users will be able to connect it with their Facebook accounts; the gear will allows users to watch 360 videos from the social media platform. Furthermore, they will be able to connect with their friends and Twitch streams with their Facebook friends in real time.
At this point, Oculus Gear’s integration with the social networking website is all about videos. The users who get their hands on the gears will need to download the Oculus Video app which should be directly installed once the user downloads the Oculus Gear VR app. As soon as the user installs both these apps on their device, they will require an update which will allow them to use the new social media features that have been made available on the platform.
After the installation stage, the user will be able to witness a list of Trending and Featured 350 degree videos which is the default menu screen of the virtual reality headset. Based on the pages and people you follow on the platform, you will be suggested with a list of videos, that you can choose from and enjoy the VR experience. In addition to that, any video that your friends or people you follow have shared on their Facebook profile will also be viewable to you.
This is just the beginning of the Virtual Reality fiasco, in a few weeks when the device is released with all its games and other features, users will be able to directly like and share the videos on their social media profiles. If a user has already been using the Gear VR app, they are likely to have an Oculus account – all they need to do now is add friends and follow people and they are good to go.
On the contrary, even though Oculus and HTC Vive, rival ritual reality gear run on the same Windows Operating System, it is not necessary that if a user buys a game for Oculus, the same game would work on Vive. Oculus stated that all the headsets communicate with the PC in a different way so it should be brought into the user’s attention that they might not be able to play with their friends if they are on a different headset.