With Spaces, those who have bought into the Oculus ecosystem can connect their Facebook accounts and dive into an environment where communication isn’t about chat messages, but voice and avatar body language.
Finally, we are going to see a real VR social app from Facebook. Called Facebook Spaces, the new VR app allows you to hangout in a virtual space and browse through your Timeline memories with friends and loved ones.
Facebook Spaces is coming more than three years after the social media giant acquired Oculus. Today’s announcement marks a significant landmark for the Zuckerberg-owned social media network. Adding a real VR app to its core product is one step that will show how much Facebook ranks the technology.
Announcing Facebook Spaces today, Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR said:
“Spending time with friends and family creates many of our most meaningful memories, but it’s impossible to always be physically near the people we care about. That’s where the magic of virtual reality comes in. Today, we’re introducing Facebook Spaces — a new VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room. Facebook Spaces launches in beta for Oculus Rift and Touch today, and you can download it now from the Oculus Store.”
“It’s easy to create an identity that represents the real you,” Franklin said. All you have to do is pick from your collection of Facebook pictures, and you will be presented with an array of options in your VR appearance. Choose one of the options, and customize it to suit your taste. You will have the option of changing your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and many more until you get the look that fits your identity.
After customizing your options to make your picture fit perfectly into what you want it to be, you can then invite your friends and start experiencing Spaces.
It’s an array of option when it comes to Facebook Spaces—you will be presented with variety of content that you can view along with your friends:
“You’ll also find the rich variety of Facebook content at your fingertips to view with friends in VR, including 360 videos and photos that can transport you to new places. You and your friends can relive personal memories from your own Timelines, or even make new ones as you explore things that interest you from people and Pages you follow.”
Spaces is currently only available on the Oculus Rift, but other platforms will soon have access to the app. “We eventually want to be on all the VR platforms,” Facebook product manager Mike Booth told TechCrunch’s Lucas Matney.
Want to download Spaces? You can do that when you visit the Early Access section of the Oculus Store—and of course, it’s available for free download.
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