Facebook has launched Spaces a VR app, that allows you to hang out with your friends and family in VR, on Oculus Rift and Touch.
Not content with the fact that it has pretty much already connected most of the people on the Internet today on its platform, Facebook is investing heavily in getting all those people connected in Virtual Reality as well. Sure, it’s “impossible to always be physically near the people we care about,” and this is where VR comes into play. And specifically, Facebook Spaces.
Facebook Spaces, currently in Beta, is an app available to everyone to download on Oculus Rift and Touch. Once you download it, you start off by creating and customising a recognisable identity to use virtually. Then, you may or may not want to invite your friends to join you using Messenger. Sure, it’s more fun to invite them of course.
Once you’re in, you can draw in the air with a virtual marker, creating pretty much whatever you want. How about “a decorative hat” or a “handmade tic-tac-toe board?” You can also view 360-degree content like photos and videos, and interact with it. You can even use a virtual selfie stick to take selfies in VR. There are even some extra goodies!
Facebook Spaces lets you easily phone a friend in the real world with Messenger video calling, so you can bring even more people into your VR space. They can answer your call on their phone to instantly open a window into your virtual world.
If you’re apprehensive of the whole experience, finding it a little too much, or simply want to take a break? Well, you can just pause at any time. When paused, you are taken to “a quiet space where you can take a break away from other people and activities.” Also, you can mute friends or remove them from your virtual space. After all, as Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR explains in a post announcing Spaces,
Facebook Spaces is all about connecting with friends and family that you know and trust, and we’re committed to making VR a positive place for all.