The following is an excerpt from KEN MANBERT SALCEDO | October 17, 2016 | ibtimes.com |
Facebook has been working on a social virtual reality experience ever since it acquired Oculus back in 2014. The social media company now says that it is planning to launch the new experience soon as virtual reality is slowly penetrating into the mainstream.
Earlier this month, Facebook held its annual Oculus Connect developer conference. The company showed off the updated prototype of its social VR experience adding new avatars, videospheres and the ability to make video calls through Messenger. The original iteration of the experience was first shown back in April during the company's F8 conference.
Facebook Social VR product manager Mike Booth said that they are planning to launch the service “as soon as possible” so that it can get it out fast and start receiving feedback from users, according to RoadToVR. When asked if it will launch in 2016, Booth declined to confirm a release date only stating that it will be out “when it’s done.”
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