Facebook Spaces Launching Beta for Oculus Rift
Facebook Spaces is launching in beta for Oculus Rift today, giving people a new way to connect in VR.
“Hang out with your friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room, no matter where you are. Use your Facebook photos to create your virtual self, then invite your Facebook friends to join you. You’ll find a variety of Facebook content, including 360 videos and photos, that can transport you to new places. Draw 3D objects with virtual markers, video call your friends outside of VR, and share selfies of your VR memories on Facebook. With Facebook Spaces, you can hang out in a whole new way – together.”
Facebook Spaces is a place where you can be in-person with friends and family in VR, having a fun and meaningful experience, no matter where they are on the planet. You can find out more information in this newsroom post, but here are the key features of this new VR app:
- Be yourself in VR: Choose one of your tagged Facebook photos and you’ll see an array of options for how you can appear in VR. You can change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features, and more to help people recognize you, making VR feel more like hanging out in person.
- Connect with friends and family: Once you’ve decided on your look, invite your Facebook friends into your space. You and your friends can view Facebook content, (including 360 videos and photos), relive personal memories from your own Timelines, or make new ones as you explore things that interest you from people and pages you follow.
- Messenger video calling: With Messenger video calling, you can bring even more friends into your VR space. Call a friend who isn’t in VR, and they can answer on their phone to instantly open a window into your virtual world.
- Virtual markers: In Spaces, you can use a virtual marker to draw 3D objects, including everything from a decorative accessory to a handmade tic-tac-toe board. You can then grab these drawings to move them around, and even save them for later so you can revisit your creations.
This is only the beginning. Over the coming months new features will be added to Facebook Spaces, offering even more ways to engage and interact with the people you care about.