Attendees of Samsung Glaxay S7 launch in Barcelona got an unexpected treat when Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg arrived to take part in Samsung’s keynote address this Sunday — and he had nothing but praise for the company’s advances in virtual reality.
Zuckerberg, whose company also owns Oculus VR, spoke positively about Samsung’s new Gear VR headset, noting that Samsung’s OLED technology is one of the reasons it is currently the best mobile headset available. Recently, Facebook and Samsung have been working together closely on various VR endeavours, with Oculus creating software specifically for the Gear VR.
While there, Zuckerberg also took time to talk about Facebook’s own innovations in virtual reality, including upcoming improvements to 360-degree video sharing on the social media platform. According to the CEO, the next few weeks will see the beginning of ‘dynamic streaming,’ which will simultaneously boost the resolution of these videos and decrease the bandwidth required to stream them — both fourfold. There were also hints dropped about a ‘Social VR’ initiative. Apparently this is still in its early days, but a new Social VR team at Facebook is apparently working in tandem with Oculus to create social applications for virtual reality.
Zuckerberg’s hopes seem high for the future of integration of VR into social media. Of the initiative, he said, ‘One day you’re going to be able to put on a headset and that’s going to change the way you live, work and communicate.’