Since Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus, it was no secret that the biggest social media company in the world would eventually transition into virtual reality, and that transition if finally taking place. Yes, virtual reality is finally on the horizon, and everyone is trying to get in on the action. Facebook is no different, and it finally began the process of integrating its services to currently available virtual reality headsets. If you’re a proud owner of a Samsung Gear VR headset, you will soon be able to connect your Facebook account to “Like” and “Share” 360-degree videos from within it. Facebook already features 360-degree videos in the Gear VR’s video application, however, Oculus Rift will soon start letting people sign into Facebook and get a personalized news feed based on pages and individuals they like and follow. The biggest addition we’re all excited about is that they’ll also be able to add reactions/likes to videos, or share them while inside the virtual reality headset.
This is a massive first step, and it will give individual virtual reality users a more custom experience, that will undoubtedly grow beyond social video in the future. We’re still a long way from fully experiencing Facebook in virtual reality, however, adding social features makes the Facebook 360-degree feed less like just another common video channel. It’s entirely possible that Facebook is working on dedicated virtual reality apps as well, for either the Samsung Gear or the high-end Oculus Rift. And Samsung, for its part, is pushing the Gear VR very hard, as the headset will ship free with all orders of Samsung’s newest line of Galaxy phones.