"This is how you'll chat with friends in virtual reality"
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This is how you'll chat with friends in virtual reality
Facebook wants virtual reality to be more than just for games.
At the Oculus connect conference, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off how live chat will work inside Virtual Reality with the Oculus Rift Headset.
When you're in a VR chat, the participants show up as cartoon avatars And you can give your avatar different expressions like happy or in shock or confused.
Right now you would have to use your controller to change the expressions but in the future it may be able to animate automatically based on how your speaking or your gestures.
The environment of the chat can be any video or Photo you want, the demo was bouncing between water scene, the surface of Mars the Facebook office and Zuckerberg's home.
There's also some social built in.
Like the ability to play cards.
Or have your aviator hold different objects.
And if someone draws a weapon on you, just draw one of you own Literally.
Take a marker, draw a sword, and swing your doodle around.
You can also take a video call in VR and have the whole gang join in.
When Zuckerberg's wife Priscilla Chan called in from her phone, everyone could see her video.
And she was able to see into the virtual world.
There was even a virtual selfie taken and posted to Facebook.
In 2014, Facebook purchased Oculus for $1 billion, before there was any product.
And now, two years later, we're seeing the social possibilities for VR.
The Oculus Rift requires a tethered connection to a high end PC, but Facebook wants to lower the cost of getting into VR.
By building a cheaper wireless headset.
The prototype is called Santa Cruz, it's still in a very early testing phase.
It's a bit like Microsoft Hololens which can track how your head moves in the world.
The company's also working with computer manufacturers to create a more affordable PC They can run virtual reality like a 500$ computer.
And for those Titian controllers well, they're coming in December with pre-orders beginning in October 10th for 200$.
Also coming at the end of the year are 50$ wireless earphones.
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