Facebook launches Spaces VR app

Facebook launches Spaces VR app

Users wearing Facebook's Oculus Rift headset log on, create a cartoon representation of themselves, and sit in a virtual environment with friends or family.

Facebook Spaces promises to make virtual reality more exciting, personal and relatable than ever before.

While there is virtual reality hardware, there still is a dearth of VR-based content. At the moment, no doubt the avatars are a bit on the goofy side and I imagine there's a bit of a learning curve, but everything new has to start somewhere. You turn up Spotify at your virtual hangout. You can increase immersion with audio and video capabilities, plus take full advantage of the space around you with 3D models. Right now, the average person spends almost an hour a day on Facebook properties-how much more time will they spend when the content is that much more immersive?

We've only just scratched the surface of social VR technology.

The team lead and manager of Facebook Spaces- Mike Booth says that the use of Rift and controller helps create a "motion capture studio". You can also choose a photo of yours and make an avatar out of it.

Hey, remember M? Wouldn't blame you if you forgot about it. Facebook's mobile AI assistant often gets overshadowed by Google Assistant, Alexa, and Siri. Tell us what you think of the new app. Share your experience with us by using the comment section below.

"The biggest challenge was how the avatars were going to look". So, are you ready to step into the "digital reality" with Facebook? You'd be sitting before the computer screen twisting yourself into a knot when it'd actually feel like you were really only a part of the fictitious city of San Andreas, wreaking havoc. "Facebook is about authentic identity, which is fundamentally about humans".

Franklin pointed out that people find the experience of VR to be very real.

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But there's a far greater potential problem for Rift users beyond their ambivalence toward Facebook - the survival of VR itself. The app will be rolled out for other platforms as well over time.

But that's just the beginning of the new features that are coming to the Messenger. You can do that when you visit the Early Access section of the Oculus Store-and of course, it's available for free download. You can interact with them and also see their space.

Now, you'll be able to view some messages sent by the Facebook team in regards to the new effects. This could be the software breadcrumb app needed to push some Facebook users into using VR regularly.

You're sitting in your aging, prewar apartment.

What do you need to use this app?

Facebook describe it as a "VR app where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room". How convenient is it really to log into Facebook Spaces compared to just holding a video conference over any other social platform?

While I had a several minutes' long conversation with Matt inside Facebook Spaces, visiting exotic locations with him and snapping selfies, my virtual tour guide could not see or hear him (though if I turned Matt in his direction, he could see my guide, and vice versa).

Facebook acquired Oculus VR in 2014 and after nearly three years, the immersive technology appears to have finally got into the hands (or heads) of the masses. Once that is done, you can hang out with your friends, draw in the air with a virtual marker and even pay a short visit to space or any other place (digitally). The product finally showed up in the market, and seems to offer a wide range of core features portrayed by Zukerberg.

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