Facebook’s newest app, Facebook Spaces, incorporates virtual and augmented reality, taking you and your friends places you only dreamed of.
During Facebook’s annual F8 conference on Tuesday, founder and ceo Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook Spaces, in Mark’s own words, their social virtual reality platform.
With the help of Facebook’s Oculus Rift and Touch, users will be able to enter the VR world, or even an augmented reality with digital layers on top of the real world, and do pretty much anything one could imagine.
With it, you can visit friends, travel anywhere on the globe and beyond, have in-VR calls, play videos, access your Facebook feed, and pretty much anything else.
For all of you who still don’t know what this means and the impact it could have one the future world, I will refer to the word’s used by the Zuke himself, who ahead of his keynote at the event to USA Today, “we don’t need a physical TV. We can buy a $1 app ‘TV’ and put it on the wall and watch it,” referring to a TV app that can be accessed inside Facebook Spaces and watched however and wherever you like.
All you have to do is download the app, create your own avatar, and be off exploring endless possibilities. You can invite your friends over, travel away with them, call them up in real life for a video call or even have a virtual reality call with another friend who’s on Spaces.
You can play games, like chess and cards, you can explore the deep oceans and Mars or you can draw, create and use something out of thin air. You can even take a selfie with your friend who is on a video call from the real world.
Facebook Space beta is now available for Oculus Rift and Touch, Facebook’s own virtual reality goggles and controllers, which means you can move into the new world today.
However, what you see is not what you’ll get, as we mentioned, this is only the beta version and Facebook will be using user feedback to enhance experiences. “Today 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.”
There are many place VR could take us, and could even change our way of life. But for now, let’s just play around and have some fun.