Facebook acquired Two Big Ears, the startup that developed the virtual reality audio app Spatial Workstation, and is now making this tool available for free to anyone who is serious on producing VR content.
What this means is that anyone with a Mac can download the Spatial Workstation at no cost to give a boost to their 360-degree videos with immersive sound. Support for Windows, in the meantime, is currently in the works.
"At Two Big Ears, we've been hard at work creating technology and tools that have defined how immersive audio is crafted and experienced in VR and AR both now and in the future," reads the blogpost announcing the news. "Now, we're ready to take the next step on our journey and scale our work from within Facebook."
Two Big Ears says that by joining Facebook, there is a big chance that it is going to scale its developed technology in an effort to continue beefing up immersive audio experiences.
Its objective is to make VR audio succeed in all platforms and devices and to help in creating the finest experience for a lot of people in different regions of the globe.
By downloading the free tool, they will have the access to the encoder, authoring tools along with the rendering engine.
The blogpost also says that support for existing Pro consumers will phase out after 12 months. Sooner or later, its gaming products will also be fused into Facebook's software.
Details are scarce, though, as to how much Facebook bought the startup.
To boil things down, the tool is indeed a big help for those who are working on their VR videos, which include Facebook. When VR content will be equipped with a more immersive, professional sound, there is a great chance that consumers will be attracted to purchase their very own VR headsets, including Facebook-owned Oculus Rift.
Now that Two Big Ears' Spatial Workstation is part of Facebook, it is now being rebranded as "Facebook 360 Spatial Workstation."
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