If Covid-19 messed up your morning workout routine, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has a new way for you to get your cardio in: Oculus Move.
Oculus Move is a new feature for the company’s Oculus VR headsets that tracks how much movement you get while playing games in virtual reality.
The interface made its debut in today’s Facebook Connect keynote and shows software that tracks calories burned and how much time you spent in VR that day, plus a goal tracker that shows you how close you are to a certain amount of calories burned .
Games supported so far are only Beat Saber, The Thrill of the Fight, and OhShape, but more will likely be available when the update arrives later this year.
We take Oculus over Platoon every day
The idea of gamifying your workout isn’t new, but it’s nice to see Facebook listening to some of its user base using VR as a training tool and adding a feature to help them move forward.
According to press materials sent by Facebook, the feature is supported on both the original Oculus Quest and the newly announced Oculus Quest 2, but no mention is made of the Oculus Rift or Oculus Rift S VR headset.
That could be because Oculus plans to retire its PC line of VR headsets in the near future and instead focus on its highly successful mobile VR lineup – as evidenced by the announcement of a second Quest headset today.
The future of Facebook’s VR program and its newly announced AR ambitions are still somewhat murky, but at least we know that fitness tracking is part of the roadmap.