After acquiring the virtual reality startup Oculus for $2 billion last year, Facebook is ready to put the technology to good use. First up: virtual space ping pong with friends.
At this week's Facebook Townhall Q&A, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg expanded on virtual reality’s role in the future of the interconnected online experience. In addition to championing concepts like virtual photos and videos, he mentioned a demo the company has been developing that would allow users to play zero-gravity ping pong with their friends.
“You can hit a button and make it seem like you’re underwater,” Zuckerberg explained. “Then you press another button and now we’re playing ping pong in outer space.”
Like pre-existing game apps, this would allow users to play with friends anywhere in the world, but on a much more immersive level. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when, or if, this specific application will be made available to the public.
Zuckerberg also expressed excitement about using the technology to transport Facebook users into real-life scenes, like "visiting" friends when they're vacationing on a different continent. Though after spending enough time playing ping pong in space, such earthly activities may seem dull in comparison.
[h/t: Business Insider]