Facebook bought Oculus Rift for $2 billion, a virtual reality headset, back in March 2014. In March of this year, the headset was finally made available to the public for sale. Avid video gamers used the device to insert themselves (as avatars) into their games.
But if you're not into gaming then it was hard to understand the appeal. After a few years of hype, we're finally seeing some of the more broad and practical capabilities of virtual reality headsets.
CEO of Facebook Mark Zuckerberg recently did a live demonstration of the headset at the Oculus Connect conference. In the demo, his avatar interacted with two other avatars. All three of them traveled to the bottom of the ocean, played chess and stopped by Zuckerburg's home to visit his dog.
The purpose was to show all of the social activities you can engage in while using the headset. In a post on Facebook, Zuckerberg said, "The idea is that virtual reality puts people first. It's all about who you're with... You have an environment where you can experience anything."
He even took a selfie during the presentation and posted it on his Facebook wall.