Facebook Builds a VR Space, but Will Anyone Come?

Facebook Builds a VR Space, but Will Anyone Come?

By Peter Suciu

Apr 19, 2017 12:26 PM PT

Facebook on Tuesday announced the beta launch of Facebook Spaces, a new app that allows users to connect with friends and colleagues in an interactive virtual reality environment.
Facebook Spaces is available for Oculus Rift and Touch at the Oculus Store.

The app provides a way for social media users to hang out as they might otherwise in person — even bridging great distances — noted Rachel Franklin, head of social VR at Facebook.

An avatar represents each user in Facebook Spaces. Its appearance is based on the user’s photo, but can be further modified with choices of eye color, hairstyle and facial features that best fit the person’s identity.

After creating a virtual persona, users can use Messenger to connect with friends, interact in 360-degree spaces, and utilize the app’s selfie stick to further manipulate photos in the VR environment.

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