Facebook owned Oculus in the year 2014 and since then it started working with the ways to combine their connected network of global users intimately with the world of Virtual Reality. Later in the month of November Facebook has announced that 360-degree video playback would be supported for the Samsung Gear VR. And then Facebook’s Oculus in the month of March announced that it allows you to like and share your favorite Facebook 360 videos within the Gear VR.
Finally on Wednesday, Facebook-owned Oculus has unveiled the 360-degree emoji reactions for the Gear VR headset. To enjoy this latest update all you need to do is, update your Oculus Video app on Samsung Gear VR and make sure it is connected to your Facebook account.
Now, this update allows you to react to the Facebook videos using a Samsung VR goggles. You can choose among the standard set of reactions such as “Like” or “one of the five new emoji reactions” (Love, Haha, Wow, Sad and Angry). Well, to make it more social, this update you will be able to see reactions of the other VR viewers may your friends’ reactions, floating on the screen while you are watching a 360-degree video.
The company has originally advertised this feature earlier in the month of March. One of the spokespersons of Oculus says that the Gear VR users new will also be available to use new emoji reactions for 360 Photos, which the company began supporting earlier this month and plans roll out the feature in the coming weeks.
Well, with this update it is clear that Facebook is gradually working on VR features which are like pillars of the Facebook community. The giant has always said that the both VR and Oculus are crucial segments. So, we can expect more future integrations between Facebook social network and Oculus.
According to CNET, a consulting firm Analysis Group in February estimated that the revenue generated globally from virtual reality and augmented reality will count between $2.8 billion and $126 billion by 2020.