Oculus Rift Update: Netflix And Oculus Bring Oculix, Facebook Paying You to Catch Bugs

The Oculus Rift headset being tested by attendees at the Eurogamer Expo at in London. Photograph: Michael Bowles/REX

Internet media streaming website Netflix has teamed up with Oculus Rift and their engineers have created a special interface called Oculix for their consumers. It is an Experiment which will give you the liberty to get the Netflix experience coupled with virtual reality.

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If you’re into gaming and next-gen gadgets, you would be familiar with Oculus. It is the future of gaming, a head mounted virtual reality device which will make you feel you a real player inside the game rather than being a person who controls that player.

Oculix allows you to crawl into the virtual world of your favorite TV shows and movies. A promo video released tries to tell a bit more about what we should expect from this joint venture. It shows that you are able to roam around different categories with gesture control. You can select files, change them by flicking and moving your hand movements. While scrolling through the titles, the highlighted titles bubble up little descriptions. Now when you’ve found the perfect companion, you can easily slip into viewing mode. It is a space which you’ll feel like a room where movies and TV shows are being screened and you’re a part of it.

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Oculus Rift is still in development phase and is expected to arrive as soon as 2015 for consumers.

Adding to this development, Facebook, who bought Oculus for $2 billion has offered reward for anybody who finds bugs in Oculus Rift software code. Facebook already rewards those who discover issues in Facebook website, Instagram etc. Last year, Facebook reportedly paid up to $1.5 million for those who discovered bugs in Facebook properties. For each bug in Oculus a person will get a minimum of $500.

“A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet,” says Neal Poole, security engineer at Facebook. “Potentially in the future, if people were to go explore and find issues in the SDK or the hardware that is definitely of interest to us.”

Adarsh Verma

Adarsh Verma

Fossbytes co-founder and an aspiring entrepreneur who keeps a close eye on open source, tech giants, and security. Get in touch with him by sending an email — [email protected]
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