Facebook CEO Sees Potential in Fitness Subscriptions for Virtual Reality

While speaking about Facebook’s virtual and augmented reality efforts at French tech conference VivaTech today with Publicis Groupe Chairman Maurice Levy, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he sees big potential in Peloton-like fitness subscriptions in the future of VR (via CNBC).


“Think about it like Peloton, where you have a subscription, but instead the device is VR and you put on your headset, and you’re in this amazing environment and you’re doing a boxing class with an instructor, or a dance class,” Zuckerberg said.

Zuckerberg said he does not believe phones or computers are going away, but that VR will someday rival that scale of importance. He added that gaming is the major use case for VR today, but that there’s growing potential in areas like social experiences or fitness.

“It’s quickly expanding beyond games into a bunch of other use cases, and we think that this is eventually going to be a big part of the next major computing platform after phones and after PCs.”

“Compared to video conferences, I actually think that even with the state of virtual reality today, there are a lot of reasons it actually feels better to have meetings in virtual reality,” he said.

Zuckerberg also noted that in the near future, software updates will allow meetings to happen in VR “quite well.”