You Can Now ‘Like’ 360-Degree Videos in VR

Posted June 23rd 2016


via The Verge

Today, Facebook-owned Oculus announced the launch of 360-degree video reactions for the Gear VR headset. So now, when watching Facebook videos using Samsung’s virtual reality goggles, you’ll be able to choose between the social network’s standard series of reactions, including the Like or one of the five new emoji reactions. When viewing 360-degree videos, you’ll also be able to see others’ reactions float by on the screen as well.

…Video reactions are just the latest in a continued effort to bring social features to VR. We’re still a ways off from a full-blown Facebook VR app that could reasonably resemble the Metaverse. But Facebook and its Oculus subsidiary have started bringing some of the hallmark features of the world’s most popular social network to the realm of VR. Back in February, Facebook announced the formation of a social VR team dedicated to researching “how people can connect and share using today’s VR technology,” though its early focus appears to center on social game design.