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Last year Facebook had paid $1.5 billion as sops for users who found bugs in its system and now it has again offered sops to find bugs in Oculus Rift. Facebook now owns Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset and it is calling upon users to report any bugs which they come across while using Rift. It is offering a minimum $500 a time for reporting any such bugs.
However the downside of this news is that a majority of bugs is present in the Oculus website and developer messaging system rather than the headset itself. There is of course a possibility of more bugs cropping up in the hardware and the SDK in future.
Facebook had paid $2 billion in March to acquire the virtual reality headset technology. As a part of the program Oculus Rift headset owners could now report problems to Facebook and get compensated for their efforts. The minimum reward is $500 but there is no upper limit. Every bug will get compensation and the amount will vary according to the severity and creativity.
Facebook Security Chief, Neil Poole told Verge that most of the bugs were related to the messaging system for developers and the company’s website itself. However the situation could change in future especially when the amalgamated Oculus Rift–Facebook’s first hardware product–is released publicly.
Poole says, “A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet. 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.”
Security is one of the major issues for Oculus Rift if it becomes a creator as most hope it will become. Oculus Rift is presently offered to developers, while a final, consumer model would be out by the end of 2015.