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Mark Zuckerberg outlines the future of Facebook

Martyn Williams | Feb. 22, 2016
The CEO first dreamed of VR as a teen and now sees it as the future of social media.

But more work is needed.

"One day soon, all of us will have the power to broadcast live," he said. "To do that, we’re going to have to solve a lot of really complex engineering problems."

Zuckerberg credited Samsung for helping come up with some of the hardware components required. He said engineers at Oculus and Facebook are also working on reducing network-related challenges.

One recent innovation involves streaming just the part of the video being viewed rather than the entire 360-degree view. That's helped engineers realize a 4x increase in the quality of video while reducing bandwidth consumption by three-quarters, he said.

Zuckerberg said Facebook and Oculus are committed to VR "for the long term" and new VR games are among the new experiences coming this year.

 

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