Facebook Launches Its "In-Person" VR Hangout App For Oculus Rift

Facebook launches beta of Spaces, its goofy and fun social VR platform

Facebook acquired Oculus Rift for a whopping $2 billion in 2014 at a time when virtual reality and augmented reality were really starting to become popular.

The tech giant revealed Facebook Spaces, a VR app that enables up to four Facebook friends to meet in VR and interact with one another as if they were in the same room. Once inside the virtual room, users can cycle through a variety of pre-set, panoramic backgrounds, or choose their own settings from their Facebook pictures. Their likeness to you was also not very good. You can customize some features, like hair, eye color, and glasses.

In a test of Spaces, a user was asked if they wanted to see pandas, they said yes, and they were able to see pandas in real life.

"We just launched Facebook Spaces, our social virtual reality platform". Spaces now makes extensive use of the Rift's Touch Controller, but actually requires very little movement - users are mostly standing around at a virtual table, browsing and sharing media while they chat with each other. Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR has now unveiled Facebook Spaces, a fully integrated social platform that links Oculus Rift and the online social behemoth. Most of your furniture was sold over the a year ago to pay your electric bill and to buy a new computer to run the Oculus Rift 3. You'll need the Rift Touch controllers, which retail at $100 a pair, to use Facebook Spaces. It worth mentioning that you can make use of this Facebook Spaces photos to post on your real worth feed. Facebook is emphasizing social interaction here. Earlier today, in fact, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch of a new AR platform, building on existing filters and art effects within Messenger and other apps. Thereafter you can simply chat with your friends or spend time watching an incredible 360 video.

You finally managed to get everyone together in one place.

Together, they can browse Facebook's cache of 360 videos and photos, relive personal memories from their Timelines, and even explore things from people and pages that they follow all in virtual reality.

You'll also have access to a range of different tools.

While there is virtual reality hardware, there still is a dearth of VR-based content.

It's arguably more social than Facebook itself. And whether or not you think the new app is taking technology too far, it's here, it's happening, and there's no stopping it.

But the social aspect is the key component of Spaces. You can obviously talk but Spaces is meant not only that. It's the new exciting and immersive way to interact with friends, wherever they are.

Facebook just announced a new VR product called Facebook Spaces. We also plan to bring the experience to more platforms over time.