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Facebook is now set to enhance its one of the central features, reactions. Now you will be able to add Reactions, the animated emoji on Facebook to Facebook 360-degree videos when using Gear VR. Facebook Virtual Reality is going to be the future. facebook-gear-vr-emoji-reactions2

What are Facebook 360 Videos?

In order to create 360 videos, a special set of cameras is used to record all 360 degrees of a scene simultaneously. This implies that when the video is playing on Facebook, viewers can choose what angle they wish to see the video from. Whereas on the web, this is done by dragging around the video with the cursor.

What is Gear VR?

In collaboration with Oculus, Samsung Electronics developed the Gear VR which is a mobile virtual reality headset. This was released on 27 November 2015.

This Gear VR headset includes a back button as well as touchpad along with proximity sensor in order to detect when the headset is on. This allows for a standard minimum input capability for users to interact with the virtual environment.

What is Oculus Rift?

It is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Oculus VR. This was released on March 28, 2016.

Soon after buying the virtual reality company, Oculus, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg made it clear that the acquisition was not just an experiment but an investment.

Facebook’s aim is to give it users a Virtual Reality experience. For that matter, users will have to update their Oculus Video app and connect to their Facebook accounts in order to create or see the Reactions.oculus-36

This update may seem to be a small step but after likes, reactions have become one of the central ways of responding to posts. Therefore, expanding the reach of Reactions into Virtual Reality or VR could be an important step.

When were 360-degree videos introduced?

Late in the last year, the company introduced 360-degree videos were introduced to the Facebook community which was created with a focus on video content.

“In the future, imagine watching 360 videos of a friend’s vacation to a small village in France or a festival in Brazil. You’ll be able to look around and experience it as if you were there.” Maher Saba, Video Director, FB

These videos have huge implications for the company’s ambitions around virtual reality. With the help of Oculus Rift and other virtual reality headsets, Facebook users will be able to view the videos that are created as a collaboration with the Oculus team.

Facebook also introduced 360 photos earlier this month. Similar to 360 videos hosted on FB, desktop users can click and drag these 360 photos in order to see different parts of the photos while smartphone users can swipe the photos or tilt their phones to see different angles.

As per company spokesperson, people using Gear VR could also be able to add Reactions to 360 Photos in virtual reality.

The era of VR on Facebook

The launch of 360-degree video reactions for the Gear VR headset will let you watch Facebook videos using virtual reality goggles of Samsung. With these, you will be able to choose between the standard series of reactions of the social network. This also includes the like and one of the five new emoji reactions.

Also, when viewing 360-degree videos, you will be able to see reactions of others float by on the screen as well.

The company originally started the feature in March 2016 when it first began letting Gear VR users to sign into their FB accounts on the VR headset to get a personalized feed of stories.

Future plans for Facebook virtual reality

In the continued efforts of FB to bring social features to VR is video reactions. There is still a huge way to travel in order to get a full-fledged Facebook Virtual Reality app that could reasonably resemble the Metaverse.

Facebook announced the formation of a social VR team back in February. This team is dedicated to researching ‘how people can connect and share using today’s VR technology’.

The world of user-generated virtual reality content is accelerating the pace, something that is made possible by a combination of VR platforms like Samsung’s VR goggles which have opening new avenues for user-generated content, and affordable 360-degree cameras. For instance, Samsung just announced the price of its 360-degree camera fir $349.99 in the US.

The sale of VR headset by 2020

According to a research report by Nomura analysts, the cumulative shipments of head-mounted displays for VR will rise from under 2 million units in 2016 to 40 million in 2020.

If we go by the forecasts, the consumer virtual reality market will grow to $10 billion in 2020, which includes VR accessories, software, and headsets. The expectations of Nomura for Sony’s PlayStation VR to ship 700,000 units this year, followed by 500,000 HTC vive units, and 300,000 to 400,000 Oculus Rift units.oculus-1200x799

The low-cost VR headsets that use a smartphone display will be a popular way for people to experience virtual reality. This being the reason, it is expected that Samsung will ship about 4 million Gear VR units in 2016 itself.

However, the challenges to the adoption of virtual reality technology include the yet to evolve hardware performance as well as an inadequate software lineup. Facebook is going all videos and now, there will be virtual reality videos on facebook. Other giants like Google, Apple, and Yahoo should now pull their socks up.

Curious? Learn about Facebook live-streaming feature http://www.digitalvidya.com/blog/facebook-brings-livestreaming-feature-for-one-and-all/here.

Do you think Facebook along with Oculus will change the way we view a video on Facebook?

Image Credits: Business Insider, Tech Crunch, and Forbes.

Sakshi is a content marketer during the day and a reader by night. She writes content sprinkled with a twisted imagination. She has done her graduation in psychology from Delhi University and has an insane love for history.
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