Facebook holds its almost-annual F8 conference for some 2,500 software developers Wednesday and Thursday in San Francisco, and this one debuted some new products and services, one of which is related to virtual reality and their recent Oculus acquisition.
Mark Zuckerberg opened with a keynote speech and drilled home the importance of video for Facebook and the evolution of video, virtual reality.
On stage, Zuckerberg announced that they will start supporting spherical videos in the Facebook newsfeed. “We are going to bring spherical videos to oculus too. We are experimenting with live spherical videos today.”
You can move around inside the video and view it from different angles.
The company is demonstrating these videos for attendees, showing off a 24-camera-view of the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, California—and the plan, Zuckerberg says, is to eventually get this kind of “immersive, 360-degree video experience” in your Facebook News Feed.
Zuckerberg pointed to a Teleportation Station that will have live demos of spherical videos in conjunction with Oculus that attendees can experience.
“You’re going to be able to put on your Oculus headset,” Zuckerberg said, “and view spherical videos there too.”