Facebook Spaces Brings a Fun Way to Interact in VR Environment

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Facebook's head of social VR Rachel Franklin introduced the new app on Tuesday during the company's annual F8 developer conference in San Jose.

Of course, there's still the matter of the Oculus Rift (with Touch controllers) costing a cool $600, not to mention the added price of a computer that can adequately utilize the hardware.

You can also remove your friends from your space, and pause or mute if you need to take a break from the virtual world.

With Revive installed, the SteamVR launcher will show Facebook Spaces in the list of Oculus apps.

Three years ago, when Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion, the obvious question was - what does Mark Zuckerberg see in Oculus Rift? You can then gather together around an interactive table in a virtual space, using 360-degree videos and images as your backdrop.

Spaces combines a number of VR concepts, like the ability to draw in 3D space and play basic games, with social features like VR selfies and general chat.

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Spaces sheds light on Facebook's vision of the future of social media, which involves interacting with your friends in a virtual environment. "You're connecting with others in a more immersive way".

Unlike Facebook's flagship social network, Space's cost of admission is steep. -- Be Yourself in VR It's easy to create an identity that represents the real you in Facebook Spaces. To speed up this process, Facebook accesses the last couple of photos that have been tagged with the user's name - but users can also decide to start from scratch, and select the color of their avatar's skin, the shape of their mouth, the hair style and more.

One of the key benefits of Facebook integration is the way it enables avatar creation in Spaces.

You can also see Facebook content, such as 360 videos and photos, which can take you to the scene virtually. Since the app is limited to people who have a Rift, Facebook allows friends to join these VR hangouts remotely via a Messenger call, which actually works a bit better than you might think. I picked up a virtual selfie stick, took a photo, and shared it to Facebook directly.

The app is only in beta for now, but it is available to everyone for free on the Oculus Store.

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