In the recently held Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg stated that virtual reality is the future of communicating and socializing. The billionaire founder of the highly famous social network called VR headsets to be the “next platform,” as he surprised the audiences within the said event with his sudden appearance.
VR Headsets are the Next Platform, Says Facebook Founder Mark Zuckerberg
The Facebook founder said that they are thinking about giving people richer tools. He also added, “Going back 10 years most of what we shared was text, and then it was photos. And now we’re entering a world where that’s video. But pretty soon we’re going to live in a world where everyone has the power to share and experience whole scenes as if you’re right there in person.”
It should also be noted that the social networking company also bought the virtual reality firm, Oculus Rift, for two billion US dollars back in 2014. After that, they have already partnered with Samsung in order to create the Gear VR headset. The South Korean tech company’s virtual reality device works by slotting in a Samsung Galaxy smartphone to be used as the headset’s screen.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg further added that virtual reality is the next platform, as it is where anyone can create and experience anything that they want. As of late, the concept of virtual reality is heavily being used for games and other forms of entertainment. However, that idea is quickly evolving, and people might one day be able to put on a VR headset and change entire facets of living, working, and communication.
During the recent MWC, Samsung revealed its two new smartphones which are the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge. These phones provide a flagship feature which is, yes, virtual reality. In the event, each attendee was given a Gear VR through which the new phones are already attached in front of them for the very first time.
Aside from Facebook and Samsung, there are also other well-known companies that are planning on releasing virtual reality devices for this year. A couple of which are Sony and HTC. The former’s PlayStation VR and the latter’s Vive will soon hit markets with their own line of features and specs for giving virtual reality experiences to users everywhere. LG also recently announced that they too will be diving into the VR market with their very own headset.