At the F8 Developer Conference held in San Jose, Facebook unveiled one its most fascinating virtual reality experiments till date. Dubbed the Facebook Spaces, it is a VR hangout session where you can literally interact with a friend just like you do in the real word.
Facebook Spaces was initially showcased by Mark Zuckerberg at the Oculus Connect Conference in October last year, but today the company has opened it for public. It is currently available in beta form. With that said, you need an Oculus Rift along with the touch controllers to make use of the services provided by Facebook Spaces.
The latest services from Facebook operates by creating an animated avatar of you and then transfer you to a virtual world where you are accompanied by your friends. It is worth noting that you can manually determine how your avatar would look by selecting one of your gallery images and thereafter selecting your avatar appearance. With that said, there’s still not a whole lot of things you can do in Spaces. Well, you can either draw an interactive 3D object using a marker or look at your cartoon avatar on a mirror or click a selfie with your friends using the virtual selfie stick. It worth mentioning that you can make use of this Facebook Spaces photos to post on your real worth feed.
Facebook Spaces also gives you the ability to add more people to your VR space by simply calling them up on messenger. Once they answer your call a virtual window opens up that shows your friend in the VR world. Thereafter you can simply chat with your friends or spend time watching an amazing 360 video.
The beta version of Facebook Spaces is currently available for download on the Oculus Store. Facebook, however, is quick to acknowledge that the app is still bare bones. The social media giant claims that it will soon add new features onto the app by learning from user feedback, thereby giving social VR a more meaningful experience.