Facebook will make its first virtual reality game available to the public this fall, as the company ramps up its efforts to push its VR ambitions.
The Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook acquired last year, is set to go on sale in November for $599.
The company will launch a series of games to be developed by developers like Oculus and other studios, including one called Virtual Reality Games, according to a post on the company’s Facebook page.
The first VR game will be “the first fully immersive VR experience that we can make available to consumers,” said Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive officer and founder.
The developer will be able to develop the game on Facebook’s own Oculus platform, with the Oculus VR headset itself.
The games are part of a broader effort to improve the gaming experience on the Web and to bring virtual reality into the living room.
In September, Facebook began offering a VR-themed app called Virtual World, with a number of new games.
A year ago, the company launched its first “virtual reality headset,” called the Facebook View, which costs $1,499.
A VR game is a virtual reality experience that can be played by two people, where they use their smartphones or computers to control an avatar that appears in a virtual world.
The experience uses cameras and other sensors to give the avatar real-time feedback about the physical world.
The goal is to provide virtual reality with the same degree of realism as a person walking around in a real world.VR is not the only form of virtual reality that is in the works.
A number of other virtual reality ventures have been announced recently, including the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, a mobile app called Oculus Rift, and a mobile gaming app called Gear VR.
The virtual reality industry is still in its infancy, but the field is poised to explode in the coming years.
Google has been building its own virtual reality headsets, while Oculus is in talks with Samsung.
And several high-profile companies have made VR products, including Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft and Sony.