During its developer conference Wednesday (25), Facebook announced some news about the company's virtual reality division.
The first of these is directly related to Facebook-based Oculus, which designed two prototypes of what should be the company's next virtual reality headset, which was very successful in the market with the launch of Rift in 2016.
One of the new prototypes, called the Half Dome 2, has a more compact headset than the current company, smaller in size and 200g lighter than the previous prototype. This handset will use a mechanical system that will automatically shift the lens of the headset to adjust the focus of the wearer while wearing it, but should have a smaller field of view than 140º from the first half dome, but will still be 20% larger. from the existing one in Rift.
The second prototype, called Half Dome 3, uses the same technology as the previous designs, but adds a built-in or non-triggered lens module to the user, allowing it to choose different focus levels and would bring the device closer to how the human eye works.
For the time being, there is no prediction when any of these models should appear on the market.
Other virtual reality news posted by Facebook has a lot to be celebrated (or scared) by book fans Player number onebecause the company discovered it Facebook Horizon, a virtual universe where you can interact with your friends, participate in games and events or just stroll through the various landscapes there.
According to Facebook, the idea of Horizon is to be a kind of Second life from the company, where users can create their own avatars, visit the different environments of this virtual world, go to the movies and watch movies with their friends, or have fun playing online multiplayer games. In addition, the system will also include human moderators in this world (Horizon Locals), who will also serve to assist new players and to prevent toxic troll behavior from disrupting everyone's enjoyment.
At Facebook Horizon has its first open beta scheduled for early 2020, but as part of the transition to this new platform, the company will close its two current virtual environment experiences: Spaces on Facebook and Oculus rooms. Both will be finalized on October 25th.
Real life 'oasis'
In the beginning, the Facebook Horizon looks like a more modern version of the game Second life, but will soon realize that the experience created by Facebook – which presents 2016 to every new Oculus employee a copy of the book Player number one – is much more complete than any game or virtual environment on the market today.
Before you start the game, you can create an avatar in it, which can be mounted any way you like – in both physical appearance and clothing. Already in the game, the player can not only enjoy activities already in the world, but also create their own.
For example, do you want the character to wear a T-shirt from your favorite band? You can use the editing tools yourself. Horizon create your own clothes – tools that are simple enough to use even without programming skills.
Now, if you're a programmer, Horizon It offers many more powerful writing tools that allow you to create reactive experiences within the platform – such as your own custom games and environments. This will allow you to create your dream game or replica of your company headquarters and put an arcade with your game.
Given that Facebook has all its monetization based on the time users spend on social networking and viewing ads, a virtual world where people can spend hours doing different activities is the perfect evolution of the core business of the company and will enable Companies like Nike , Adidas and Supreme not only advertise their products on virtual screens within this virtual environment, but even set up their own stores to sell their products directly to consumers – and pay part of the profits on Facebook, of course. In addition, it will also be possible for companies to create their own cities and activities inside and charge users to access them.
Thus, the possibilities not only for the use, but also for the monetization of Facebook Horizon They seem endless like the oasis in Ernest Klein's book, but there is still the question of whether the virtual reality world really has the potential to become as popular as the free social network. Facebook is betting so hard – the return potential is too great not to make that bet – but only time will tell if it's really right.
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