Facebook Connect: What to expect from the company’s big VR show

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Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg speaks at Oculus Connect in 2019. The conference has been rebranded as Facebook Connect this year.
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When Facebook purchased virtual reality headset maker Oculus in 2014, the social network’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, raised expectations by saying the technology would be the next big computing platform.”Oculus has the chance to create the most social platform ever,” Zuckerberg said at the time Facebook announced its $2 billion acquisition of Oculus. The VR headset maker would “change the way we work, play and communicate.”

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Six years later, virtual reality hasn’t lived up to that hype, even with a pandemic that keeps people at home and forces them to rely on technology to stay in touch. Still, Facebook hasn’t stopped betting on VR, as well as AR, or augmented reality. On Wednesday, the social media giant will kick off its annual AR and VR event, a conference that used to be known as Oculus Connect. (It’s since been rebranded Facebook Connect.) The online event starts at 10 a.m. PT and will showcase the work of …

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