Facebook Launches its First Dedicated 360° Content App on Oculus Platform
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After nearly three years since Facebook acquired Oculus, the social media giant has finally released its first dedicated virtual reality app called Facebook 360 for Samsung’s Gear VR, powered by Oculus.
Currently, there are more than 25 million 360 photos and over a million immersive 360 videos posted by users on the social media platform, which showcases a wide range of 360-degree content for everyone to enjoy. With this new dedicated VR app, users can now easily explore and discover some of the most popular 360 photos and videos from across Facebook, including from Pages and people they follow.
According to Oculus, “Whether you want to visit exotic locales across the globe, go backstage with your favorite band, or be on the ground for breaking news, the magical combination of Gear VR and Facebook 360 lets you be anywhere in the world, anytime.”
At launch, Facebook 360 will feature four main feeds to help users browse 360-degree content:
- Explore—Discover some of the most interesting and popular 360 content on Facebook from media companies, organizations, and individual creators.
- Following—Experience 360 content that your friends have posted on Facebook as well as 360 content from Pages and people you follow.
- Saved—Find all the 360 content you’ve saved from News Feed ready for you to enjoy at a more convenient time.
- Timeline—Relive your memories in a new way through your own 360 photo and video uploads.
From the app, users can also post reactions to photos and videos and share them with others on Facebook. The company promises that it will add more social features soon.
Facebook 360 is available to download in the Oculus Store for the Gear VR. Currently, no word yet on when the app will make its way to the Oculus Rift, but Facebook says it hopes to bring the app to more platforms in the future.