Facebook launches new 'virtual reality' meeting space for friends

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 19, 2017

It's called Facebook Spaces, and it might be the Oculus Rift's last, best chance at reestablishing itself as the leader in VR.

Booth argued that the marker tool is great for drawing prototypes or offering compelling descriptions and explanations-or you could draw your friend a tie and attach it to their outfit.

Facebook's annual F8 Developer Conference kicked off today, and during the opening keynote presentation, the company launched a new VR social platform called Facebook Spaces that lets you interact in VR with your Facebook friends.

In keeping with current trends, Facebook also added a virtual selfie stick to Spaces, so that users can take a photo of everyone together, and then share that to the social network, to make their friends jealous of not having a pricey VR peripheral and heavy-duty PC. But there's no doubt that many people are going to get a kick out of video-chatting between the real world and the virtual world.

With a focus on the Facebook Spaces platform, the company will have a shot at creating a bigger market for VR headsets like Oculus by giving the technology a much bigger user base.

Three years ago, when Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion, the obvious question was - what does Mark Zuckerberg see in Oculus Rift? Facebook Spaces is also integrated with Messenger video calls enabling users to showcase their VR experience to people who are not in VR. Control Your Experience We want Facebook Spaces to be a comfortable place for everyone.

"It's still you in VR", said Rachel Franklin, head of social VR at Facebook. You can then gather together around an interactive table in a virtual space, using 360-degree videos and images as your backdrop. However, they all work on the same avenue: either you convince your friends to buy a VR headset and log in at the same time, or you hang out with strangers. Facebook said it's only just beginning to scratch the surface of what's possible with Facebook Spaces.

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