Facebook-owned Oculus took a first step toward more closely aligning its virtual reality (VR) platform with its parent company’s social network Wednesday. Starting next week, users of Samsung’s Gear VR, which is powered by Oculus, will be able to connect their Facebook profile to the Oculus video app that plays Facebook 360 videos — and soon, they’ll be able to like those videos without even taking off their headset.
The move comes as Oculus announced a number of new features Wednesday that are supposed to make VR more social. This also includes the creation of oculus profiles, which can be used to find friends on the platform, chat with them and even play trivia games together.
But while some of these features are based on a separate profile, there’s a direct link for the Oculus Video app. The app has been used to feature some of the same 360-degree videos that Facebook started to feature as part of its main feed last year.
Next week, users can customize which videos are being recommended within the app if they connect it to their Facebook profile. What’s more, in the coming weeks, users will be able to like and share these videos with their Facebook friends, no matter whether those friends are using a headset to access the clips or not.