Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has congratulated the Oculus Story Studio for bringing home its first Emmy. “We won our first Emmy! The Oculus team, specifically. It’s the first time in history an original virtual reality movie has won,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
The Emmy went to Ramiro Lopez Dau-directed “Henry” about a hedgehog trying to make friends. Facebook acquired the virtual reality pioneer Oculus VR in 2014 for $2 billion.
“When you watch Henry in virtual reality, you feel like you’re actually in his world, looking around and interacting with him,” Zuckerberg said. “‘Henry’ is a great example of how VR is going to change storytelling. Congrats to the Oculus Story Studio team on their big win, and I’m excited to share more big news about Oculus at our developer conference next month,” Zuckerberg said.
This award should stand as a reminder to every creator who aspires to make VR movies, The Oculus Team earlier said in a statement. “While Henry is just one step in the long journey ahead, we hope this moment inspires storytellers to bring their ideas to this new medium and help shape the future of VR storytelling,” “Henry” director Dau said.
Oculus Rift’s consumer ready virtual-reality headset went on sale earlier this year as well, and the first shipments went out in March. Oculus is also powering Samsung’s Galaxy Gear VR headset, both the old and the newer version of the headset.
Facebook itself now supports 360 videos and photos, and Zuckerberg has said in the past that VR is the future. Facebook had revealed that more than 1 million people (per month) use Oculus on mobile phones thanks to Samsung-Oculus Gear VR headset. Oculus Store for Gear VR has more than 300 apps.
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