Facebook Will Share Its ‘Biggest AR/VR News To Date’ At F8

by Jamie Feltham • February 22nd, 2018

Facebook is very bullish about the VR and AR news it’s going to be making at this year’s F8 developer conference.

Taking to Twitter, Facebook’s head of virtual and augmented reality products and hardware, Andrew Bosworth, promised that the company would be sharing “the biggest AR/VR news from Facebook to date,” at its developer event. Bosworth didn’t expand on his remarks, but they were reiterated by Facebook’s VP of VR and leader of Oculus, Hugo Barra, who said the company will “show you all the awesome things we’ve been working on, especially AR/VR.”

That’s not exactly a slight tease; it seems we can expect some game-changing announcements at F8, which kicks off on May 1st in San Jose, California.

The obvious question, then, is what does Facebook have in-store? By May we’d hope that the company’s $200 Oculus Go standalone headset, billed for release in ‘early’ 2018, will be on the market, so this likely refers to something else. Last year’s F8 saw Facebook reveal its own AR platform; could we perhaps see new hardware that utilizes that tech, maybe in combination with VR of some sort? Job listings from Oculus over the past few years suggest that the company has been working on AR tech, after all.

We could keep guessing for days, but we won’t know for a few months yet. F8 kicks off with a keynote speech which is likely where we’ll hear the news first.

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  • Rogue Transfer

    Obviously this will be regarding Oculus Go, either it’s consumer launch or some software/partnership(s) related to it. They’re not going to undermine their non-released $199 mobile-level stand-alone device just around its launch by announcing something else hardware-wise. That’d be crazy from a marketing point-of-view. Their focus likely will be on Go for many months to drive mass-market interest – anything else would take away from media attention & sales of it.

    It could be software-based – like full, deep integration of Facebook social services into Oculus Home, cross-compatible with Go.

    We’ll need to wait and see. Hopefully it’ll be something high-end, but that seems very unlikely considering their previous statements, esp. on launch of their new Go device.

  • Nosfar

    So one would assume Facebook spaces coming to all VR media which if that is the case is actually really good news is VR spaces is a blast

  • I’d say they’ll release Facebook camera and will tease Santa Cruz

    • Smokey_the_Bear

      I think they will do more then a small tease, I expect a full on unveil, and it to ship late this year.

  • matthewdbenson

    Why are all the Facebook execs using Twitter to make their announcements? I mean, personally I think Twitter is better, but do they think that too?

  • fuyou2

    If it’s not Oculus Rift 2, they can fuck off!

    • Danny

      Why is that?