Facebook has been meeting with cinematic luminaries about creating content specifically for its recently acquired virtual reality headset.
According to The Information, Facebook has been busy in recent weeks holding meetings with studio executives and individual directors. The publication's sources claim that the company is looking for Hollywood studios to create "Oculus Experiences" that would add an extra dimension to traditional feature films, but that's just the start. Facebook hopes that given time, feature films will be launched in an Oculus format.
When Facebook bought Oculus VR, the company behind the Oculus Rift headset, in March for US$2 billion, it made it clear that it saw the device as something more than just an immersive gaming experience.
"After games, we're going to make Oculus a platform for many other experiences. Imagine enjoying a court side seat at a game, studying in a classroom of students and teachers all over the world or consulting with a doctor face-to-face -- just by putting on goggles in your home. This is really a new communication platform. By feeling truly present, you can share unbounded spaces and experiences with the people in your life. Imagine sharing not just moments with your friends online, but entire experiences and adventures," said the company's co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he publicly announced the deal.
Facebook is by no means the only tech company exploring the possibilities of virtual reality. Google has just launched a do-it-yourself VR headset that wearers cut from cardboard, and Samsung is currently working in partnership with Oculus in order to turn its smartphones and phablets into virtual reality headsets too.