Facebook have introduced Facebook Spaces, a new way to connect with friends using virtual reality.
Remember back in the day when we thought there would be flying cars in the future? We’re not quite there yet but this is the next best thing, at least we think so anyway.
What is Virtural Reality
Unless you’ve been living under a rock recently, virtual reality or VR if you’re ‘down with the kids’, is an experience within a world that doesn’t really exist. Virtual reality works via a head mounted display, which allows you to explore a virtual world being generated by a computer.
Advancements in technology mean that we can hop on a plane and travel halfway around the world. In the same token, virtual reality allows us to do just that, all from the comfort of your own home.
Facebook Spaces launched in beta for Oculus Rift and Touch on the 18th April and it will set you back just shy of £600.
For this small fortune you’ll be able to create your own VR appearance based on one of your Facebook photos. You can even customize it by changing eye colour, hairstyle, facial features and more. Once you’ve locked down your look you can invite friends to join your virtual experience, which even includes using a digital marker to bring your doodles to life.
You can literally travel wherever you’d like, from 360 videos and photos to reliving personal memories from your timeline and exploring things that interest you, including people and pages you follow.
Better yet, you don’t even have to own an expensive headset to experience it. VR users can introduce friends to Facebook Spaces by phoning them through Messenger video.
This is the first time that Facebook has dipped its toe into the realm of virtual reality. Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR for Facebook said;
….(It) is only the beginning. We’re launching in beta, and we’ll add new features as we learn from your feedback and continue exploring what makes social VR experiences most meaningful. We also plan to bring the experience to more platforms over time. We’ve only just scratched the surface of social VR technology. In the future, it will continue to transform the way people around the world stay connected with their communities and those closest to them. We can’t wait to get there.
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