But apart from these developments, the social juggernaut demonstrated a range of new software and hardware features as the company strives to build its clout in virtual reality space.
For the people who aren't in a headset, Facebook chose to drop in 3D Posts, a native media type in News Feed that gives everyone the ability to share content created inside VR.
Oculus also announced an Oculus for Business bundle yesterday, which will include a Rift headset, Touch controllers, three sensors and three face sponges, as well as dedicated customer support and special extended licenses and warranties to set up the headset.
Perhaps nothing but this announcement made clear how big Facebook's ambitions are with VR. Sure, it's fun to look at 360-degree photos or short video clips on the Gear VR with a Samsung phone, but there isn't a real compelling reason to plop down $400 plus the price of a gaming computer for VR. The Oculus Go is being pitched as an entry-level independent device, priced at just $199.
The Rift headset is only available bundled with the controllers and can be purchased from the Oculus website. If you are using a headset somewhere you feel safe, such as at home or in a auto, perhaps, VR can make you vulnerable. Users will hear the benefits of integrated spatial audio through the in-built speakers. It will be able to run the same VR as the Samsung Gear, leading Blau to conclude the Go will rely on the same Android operating system as the Gear and likely include similar processors as Samsung phones.
The new lightweight headset is called Oculus Go and is created to be more effective than the rival Samsung Gear VR, but not as expensive as Oculus Rift itself. "With Oculus for Business, more people will get the chance to try VR and experience the magic first-hand". Indeed, the social network giant is impressing the design and comfort of the device with its soft leather and fabric features. In the future, we'll open up new possibilities for community and co-presence, letting you hang out, play, and explore with others. At its annual developer conference, Mark Zuckerberg hit the stage to unveil the Oculus Go. At the Oculus developer conference, Zuckerberg said the company will be shipping the device to developers within the next 12 months.
Oculus also gave a sneak peak of the next phase of its Santa Cruz motion-tracked controllers that enhance the standalone experience of Oculus Go.
The company is also promising to make improvements to avatars themselves.
Soon to be launched, Oculus Venues will let you watch concerts and catch premieres of new movies and TV shows with up to 1,000 people.