Facebook founds team to help people ‘connect and share’ in virtual reality

Facebook has formed an internal team to work on virtual reality, and it’s pushing its own 360-degree video technology onto the Gear VR. The company announced today that the new group will research “social VR,” including “how people can connect and share using today’s VR technology” and the long-term possibilities if VR develops as a computing platform. So far, Facebook has mostly relied on Oculus — the virtual reality hardware startup it acquired in 2014 — to push the technology forward. But now, there’s a group firmly on the Facebook side of the company, supposedly working closely with both Oculus and other parts of Facebook.

Facebook doesn’t say how many people are assigned to work on social VR, or what exactly it thinks a social…

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