New Spaces app for Oculus Rift puts you and your friends in a virtual world
Facebook, the massive social network and owners of virtual reality company Oculus, revealed a new VR product today called Spaces. It's for Oculus Rift and Touch controllers and launches today in beta, you can find it in the Early Access section of the Oculus Store.
"If you've tried VR you know how realistic it really feels," said Rachel Rubin Franklin from Facebook, on stage at the company's F8 developer conference today. "Here's one example we see all the time, when people take a photo of their avatar with a selfie stick they actually smile. Every single time."
As you can see from the video, it's all about the usual social media stuff like talking to friends, sharing photos and boring people with details of your life like your next sofa choice. You'll also need to build a Spaces avatar, something Facebook will use your own profile pictures to help with. Got friends who don't have VR? They can signal their poverty by calling in to the shared space with a video call instead.
"Facebook Spaces is a place for you to be yourself in VR, with your real friends, no matter where you are in the physical world. What's really amazing in Facebook Spaces is that all the people and the photos and the videos that you interact with on Facebook are instantly brought into the virtual world."
Facebook Spaces shows just why Mark Zuckerberg decided to throw a couple of billion dollars at snapping up Oculus in 2014, and it's not to play Robo Recall on his days off. Facebook sees the future of virtual reality as social, selfies and all.