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Facebook continues to invest in virtual reality

Facebook continues to invest in virtual reality

Facebook has unveiled the Oculus Go, a standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, at the firm’s annual virtual reality developer conference in California yesterday. The new headset is due to be released in 2018 and follows in the footsteps of the Oculus Rift headset, which has experienced slow sales since it was released last year. 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged the slow adoption of the technology so far, but said he believed his company “would get one billion people into VR”.

He continued: “Some people say that VR is isolating and anti-social. I actually think it’s the opposite. We all have limits to our reality. Opening up more of those experiences to more of us - that’s not isolating, that’s freeing.”

Speaking at the conference, Facebook’s newly appointed head of VR, Hugo Barra, shared more details about Project Santa Cruz. This prototype high-end VR device developed by Facebook aims to offer movement-tracking without the need for tethering to a computer or sensors.

The tech firm also launched Oculus for Business, a scheme that offers businesses dedicated support and hardware bundle deals to help them incorporate VR into their daily workflows.

Zuckerberg said: "Nothing is going to replace being with someone in person. But when we run up against the limits of reality, VR is going to make our reality that much better."

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