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Facebook Launches Beta of Spaces

Facebook has announced that it has launched its Virtual Reality hang-out platform, Spaces, into Beta on Oculus Rift to allow anyone hang out in virtual reality.

At Facebook’s F8 conference the company had a heavy focus on VR. One of the biggest announcements from the company was the launch of the beta of Spaces. Spaces was introduced a little while back as a way for people to meet and hang out in Virtual Reality. Each user is represented with their own animated avatar which has facial expressions, emotes, and more.

Spaces isn’t just a virtual reality version of Skype however, its focus is less about the conversation and more about voice, body language, and interacting with each other in these spaces.

Anyone with an Oculus Rift and Touch can get involved. Up to four friends can login using their Facebook accounts and join a space together. They can chat, draw, watch 360 videos, make video calls on Messenger, and the most interesting of all, take VR selfies using a virtual selfie stick. All of this is done with cartoon-ish avatars which Spaces can create of you using your recently tagged photos.

The good news however is that not everyone will need an Oculus Rift and Touch to take part as Facebook revealed that it hopes to bring Spaces to other VR platforms too. The most interesting addition would of course be Gear VR and PS VR, the two more accessible forms of VR right now. Though Gear VR is unlikely considering it relies on 360 fixed-point movement, something Spaces doesn’t really accommodate that well.

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This is apparently .1 percent of Facebook’s VR efforts, which is pretty incredible. It looks like the company has a HUGE plans for VR and I’m excited to see where it ends up.

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