Mark Zuckerberg Appeared at Samsung’s Unpacked Event to Boost VR
Facebook’s chief executive Mark Zuckerberg made an unannounced appearance at Samsung’s press conference ahead of Mobile World Congress 2016 to announce that Samsung and Facebook are teaming up on virtual reality.
“I always thought there must be a way that’s instead of navigating to 2D websites, you could actually be there, “Today, thanks to this partnership between Samsung and Facebook that is going to happen and it wouldn’t be possible to deliver this experience and price without Oculus technology.”
At Samsung’s Unpacked event — where the Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge were uncovered — journalists were invited to watch a virtual reality demo using Samsung’s Gear VR headsets, and when it was time to remove them, suddenly there was Mark Zuckerberg standing in the middle of the stage.
Zuckerberg has been a gigantic promoter of virtual reality tech. Facebook will release consumer Oculus VR headsets later this year, which it purchased for $2 billion back in 2014.
Zuckerberg clarified about his interest with VR and how he has been longing for utilizing the innovation since the age of 11.
“When my baby daughter takes her first steps, I hope that we can take a 360 video. VR is going to be the best social platform. And Gear VR is by far the best social experience — the best hardware, from Samsung, with the best social network integration with Facebook.”
He also spoke about the potential of user-created virtual reality content, which Facebook has a platform for hosting and Samsung has a device for capturing in the new Gear 360 camera.
“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.”
“I am excited to announce that we are bringing much more technology to VR in the next few weeks. “Facebook and Oculus are in this for the long term.”
Samsung also declared at the event that it will give away Gear VRs for free with some of its selected pre-orders of its new smartphone lineup.