Facebook Will Pay You to Find Oculus Rift Bugs

Looking to make some extra money?

Facebook has extended its "bug bounty" program to include the Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset technology the social networking giant paid $2 billion to acquire in March.

As part of the program, Oculus Rift headset owners can report bugs to Facebook for a chance to be financially compensated. The minimum reward is $500, and there is no maximum payout. Every bug is awarded a bounty based on severity and creativity.

Facebook security engineer Neal Poole tells The Verge that the bulk of bugs for Oculus are in its messaging system for developers and the company's website itself. But that could change in the future, when Oculus Rift--Facebook's first hardware product--is released publicly.

"A lot of the issues that come up with Oculus are not necessarily in the hardware yet," Poole says. "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 could be a major issue for Oculus Rift if the technology becomes as ubiquitous as creator Palmer Luckey hopes it will be. He said in a recent interview that his ambition is to have a headset in every home. Oculus Rift is currently available to developers, while a final, consumer model should be out by the end of next year.

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40 comments
scubasteveo915
scubasteveo915

F#$k Facebook in the face..they are trying to control our lives...this is what mulder has been looking for...zukerburg is an alien overlord

rolla020980
rolla020980

OK, so send me an OR and I will test it. Other than that forget about it. VR is a fantasy... The 3DS gives me a headache.How would a full VR headset affect me?

jmosher65
jmosher65

@rolla020980 The Oculus Rift doesn't give you as much of a headache as a 3DS does, the Oculus Rift is more natural, it seems like your actually there

jmosher65
jmosher65

Ugh...People really don't understand that even if they did add make it so the Oculus Rift took your personal information or even displayed ads that could easily be taken out with a program

countofwilfore
countofwilfore

I don't understand all of these people screaming ''rip oculus''  ''you need facebook to uses oculus'' ''fuck oculus'' ''i will never buy your shit'' and all of that stuff. I don't Google+, Facebook, Vine, Twitter, instagram or any of that shit. I hate Facebook, believe me, and i refuse to create a Facebook account (hell, you can use facebook without an account in some occasions). Facebook does fuck with its consumers, but it doesn't fuck with the things it buys. Do you need a Facebook account to use WhatsApp or Instagram? NO! But then again, before March, Oculus was going to be bought. It was too small for the game industry, even with Kickstarter and backers. At least, Oculus wasn't bought buy Microsoft, then, THEN, we will be forced to use either XBOX Live or f*cking GFWL. And not by EA, who know wtf would they have done with the Rift. I have a friend who recently bought a DK2, and he can play with it without Internet connection (which means no connection to Facebook) and he was just fine. 


So really, Facebook and Oculus VR is just showing that the Rift is still alive, and still an open platform and has potential, which is true. And I can't wait to get my hands on it, as a PC Gamer.



PS: To those who has a Facebook and shouting Oculus about this; the hell is wrong with you? You let Facebook sell info on you and fucks up your private life but you don't want Facebook to do the same? What the f*ck?!

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

What if you discover that the Oculus just plain sucks and is a bad idea, I wonder if that counts as  a "bug"?  :)

rolla020980
rolla020980

@jmosher65 @spacecadet25 

"A headset in every home".... I am imagining green energy coming off of each headset powering a central receiver as Batman bursts in to foil the riddler's scheme.... Tell me this doesn't sound like a Batman theme...

straightcur
straightcur

"Security could be a major issue for Oculus"


Well yeah.  How can we secure it from Facebook's prying eyes? Who really cares if a hacker gets your info, if Facebook is just going to sell it willingly to unknown third parties!

ggregd
ggregd

This is what  you have to agree to let the new Facebook Messenger do:

  • Change the state of network connectivity
  • Call phone numbers and send SMS messages
  • Record audio, and take pictures and videos, at any time
  • Read your phone’s call log, including info about incoming and outgoing calls
  • Read your contact data, including who you call and email and how often
  • Read personal profile information stored on your device
  • Access the phone features of the device, like your phone number and device ID
  • Get a list of accounts known by the phone, or other apps you use.


I wouldn't be surprised if they're ultimate goal with VR is to get right into your mind.  I don't trust Facebook.

bloody-hell
bloody-hell

@ggregd "*their ultimate goal", but yeah, just wait and see :

- your game has been paused for a short message (advertisement) from our sponsors

- thanks for (unwillingly) taking the time to fill out the following survey, your game will continue afterwards

- like this and recommend it to 5 friends in order to keep playing

- we noticed you like playing shooters, local authorities have been contacted preemptively and will check on you shortly

- subliminal (illegal) single frame advertising while you're playing

.. plus virtual ingame advertisement overlays everywhere and who knows, perhaps they'll add a Facebook account and login requirement in order to use the Oculus Rift too for good measure, because it's Facebook.

prince__vlad
prince__vlad

How about facebook kiss my ass ? Those gutless jerks sold the database to all the agencies in USA ! And you wonder why Juda was a traitor in Jesus drama...

DarkAztaroth
DarkAztaroth

With a test version like this, it sure makes for a better final product, I approve of this.

I'm still torn between buying one now and waiting another year before possibly getting the consumer version....

mattcake
mattcake

It was inevitable. All we see in reality is Facebook this, Facebook that. A true _virtual_ reality had to be full of it too, sadly. Where's my Virtual Fantasy headset?

riku610
riku610

the downside of FB buying the OR for consumers is that FB have a say to put somethings that should not be in the rift at all... the upside of this deal is that the ORift dev team now have access to FB's assets (connections/money) to make the OR better....FB is not touching the development side of the device... FB pays for OR's creativity so now they can explore and search for new ways to make the technology innovate.... they just want to invest to the future of gaming/media/social/tech/etc as one the leading companies in the word... 

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like what the head of Oculus said before.... they concluded the deal with FB because they believe that FB will preserve the Oculus as it is compared to other companies who will tear the company apart upon buying it.... 

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i think it is a win win for the 3 parties.... FB, Oculus and us consumers...

tom_cat_01
tom_cat_01

*Smashes Oculus Rift* Hey Facebook, it broke! Can I has millions of moneys now please?

mr_ned_flanders
mr_ned_flanders

@tom_cat_01 Facebook: Here is your 10$ Million. Now you have to be smashed because you're the bug. Thank you for contacting us.

Darkangel2154
Darkangel2154

Hackers rejoice!  Now stop playing all fps's and make OR impenetrable.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Thankfully a lot of the people that actually own an Oculus Rift are responsible enough to not try and abuse this program, and there aren't that many Rifts out there.  One of the caveats of a program like this is that you get a lot of people reporting the smallest things, and things that aren't even considered bugs in the hopes of getting lucky, and it amounts to a lot of stuff to sift through on the payer's end.

jmosher65
jmosher65

Seriously be just need to shut the hell up about the Facebook thing, this is a peripheral, there not going to add ads or anything and even if they did they could easily be rid of by a program like add blocker. And without Facebook in the first place this probably wouldn't have happened but now that they have butloads of cash they can afford to pay people who find bugs ultimately leading to a very ironed out experience.

Too-DementeD
Too-DementeD

That Oculus logo reminds me of Big Brother/1984.
Remember, Facebook is watching you.

mr_ned_flanders
mr_ned_flanders

@Too-DementeD That was one of the most bizarre novel I've ever read, and now that you've reminded me of it, I doubt if I would be getting this....

vader501st
vader501st

They should pay me for even attaching the OR to my head.

Caldrin
Caldrin

a guy i know finally got his one delivered the other day.. its bloody amazing.. its got me wanting to order one now but I still think I should wait for the final product.

StHapns247
StHapns247

I wonder how many bug reports they'll get identifying "Facebook" as a bug?

marvelsoldier
marvelsoldier

Now I just need the oculus rift ,play games and make some money.

kujel
kujel

I wasn't interested in the Rift before the FB buy out and now I wont even touch it so Zuckerberg can keep his dirty money.

Caldrin
Caldrin

@kujel you will be missing out on an amzing product then and for no good reason at all.. but there we go its up to you at the end of the day.

johnlewis107
johnlewis107

@kujel Zuckerburg just want to give back a little of the money he made from selling your personal information. :)