Technology Oculus is rolling out its expanded social VR features
Facebook is still growing despite criticism about political ads
More people are using the social network.On Wednesday, Facebook said 2.45 billion users logged in to the site every month during the third quarter, an uptick of 8% from 2.27 billion monthly active users the company reported in the same period last year. The social network's revenue grew 28% from year-over-year to $17.65 billion in the third quarter, beating expectations of $17.4 billion in revenue.
Along with, one of Facebook's big announcements at Oculus Connect 6 in September was a batch of social VR features. You'll get to try them over the coming days, as Oculus is starting to
They include messaging with your Oculus pals, along with photo and video sharing and livestreaming to Facebook. You can create events to set up a time to play games with your buddies or arrange meetups, and form parties that all your Oculus friends can join (parties were invite-only until now). Your Facebook friends will also be able to group up with you in VR when you send them links via Messenger.
Oculus CTO John Carmack stepping down to become a 'Victorian gentleman scientist'
Carmack says he's transitioning to the role of "consulting CTO" at Oculus."I will still have a voice in the development work, but it will only be consuming a modest slice of my time," Carmack wrote in a Facebook post.
Oculus says to use these features -- and existing ones such as joining parties, adding friends and visiting people's Homes -- it'll ask you to sign in with Facebook, which powers the social interactions. Facebook hasto clarify that.
You won't have to log in with Facebook to use the VR platform. If you do, you'll still keep your existing Oculus friends, username and profile. You can decide to display your real name (as per your Facebook profile) on Oculus and whether to automatically add your Facebook friends as Oculus contacts. You'll have control over what you share from Oculus to Facebook as well, along with who can see those posts.
Oculus Link arrives in beta: the Quest can now be your PC VR gaming headset
One USB-C cable can turn Facebook's standalone VR headset into a PC rigOculus Link on Oculus Quest: a USB-C cable (seen here) can connect to a PC and play high-end VR games.
The ties between Oculus and Facebook services will deepen over time, with new features such as Facebook Group sharing options and watch parties on Quest on the way. A beta for the Facebook Horizon social VR world is also. ,
Lenovo is building another standalone VR headset .
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