Facebook wants movies on the Oculus Rift
Facebook is looking to use some of its money and influence to persuade the movie industry to port their films onto the Oculus Rift. This would be a big boost for content on the Oculus Rift and feed into some sort of virtual store inside the headset.
The Oculus Rift is currently all focused on video games and creating experiences, but it might become a place for movies, TV shows and even music. The seclusion the Rift brings could have advantages similar to a headset, taking people out of the room.
Facebook obviously sees the Oculus Rift and virtual reality as more than just video games, and wants to help the startup company negotiate deals with Hollywood, to grab some of the newest movies, similar to the Xbox One and PS4.
Fox, Disney, Warner Bros, Sony and Universal have already been approached by Facebook on the deal. This deal should be the same as other game console manufacturers have with the movie industry, we see no reason why Facebook would have a harder time.
Movies are a static media, unlike video games or experiences, meaning the viewer does not need to have any controls. This will make it much easier to develop for the Oculus Rift, viewers will just have to start the video and sit back.
Environments for film could be worked on by Oculus, imagine sitting down on your desk chair and being teleported into a virtual cinema. This would be a weird sort of sensation and really play on the “experiences” side of the Oculus Rift.
Facebook is still managing the outskirts of Oculus, not focusing on changing anything internally. The Oculus Rift is still very much a beta project, but we look forward to seeing movies included in the next few editions of the headset.