Heads up, Facebook users — your newsfeed could soon “go virtual.”
According to Wired, members will be able to experience 360-degree videos alongside posts from family and friends in Facebook’s News Feed.
“Users can explore the videos by dragging their cursors within videos on the desktop or by physically tilting their phones while watching on mobile,” the report explains. “Each video is a few minutes long and give users a completely spherical — that is, 360-degree — way to explore sand dunes, the ocean, or, say, a galaxy far, far away.”
The official rollout features a Facebook VR post via which users can pilot through a 360-degree part of the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” universe.
Facebook’s move into immersive content follows on the heels of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s debut of 360 clips at the Facebook F8 Developers Conference earlier this year.
Zuckerberg is on record noting that immersive video — and VR– are “the future of how we’ll consume media.”
“Over time the types of stories that people want to tell each other and the types of content they want to share with each other will get richer and more immersive,” Facebook’s VP of product Will Cathcart is quoted in the report. “So just as we’ve seen an evolution from text to photos, we’re seeing a pretty big jump to video in the last couple of years. We think that’s only going to continue.”