Instagram reels should no longer be called Instagram Reels; they should be called Meta Reels. Mark Zuckerberg has made a point to introduce Reels into just about every corner of Meta. He just announced that the company is going to introduce Reels for your Meta Quest device.
No need to wipe off your screen, you read that right. The company is planning on introducing the short portrait videos into the VR space, according to a video shared by The Meta Instagram Channel (via Engadget). In the video, we saw a Reel from Austin Sprinz’s Instagram account. It’s the one where we see the world’s largest pool.
How reels on the Meta Quest will look
Right now, Meta is merely testing this out. So, you won’t be able to start watching your favorite reels just yet. Also, anything can change with the interface between now and the launch.
Right now, all we have is a short video showing how it may look. We see a square window with the Reel right in the middle. Right off the bat, we see that Reels will look cleaner on the Quest than on the mobile app. We don’t see the like, comment, share, and three-dot menu buttons on the actual video. Instead, all we see is the creator’s profile picture and the video description.
The other options are nowhere to be found excluding the three-dot menu which can be found on the top right of the inner square. This may house the like, comment, and share buttons.
It’s clear that Mark Zuckerberg wants users to still have access to Reels even when they’re not using their phones. Reels/TikToks/YouTube Shorts all live comfortably on your phone. However, these short-form videos have been introduced to TV platforms. So, it’s not much of a stretch seeing them in the VR Space.
We’re not quite sure when Reels will make it to the Meta Quest devices. However, we can probably expect them to launch around or before the Meta Quest 3.