Facebook Spaces:Questioning eyes existed when Facebook decided to purchase the VR company, Oculus. The acquisition happened three years ago. Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion. Of course, the connecting people kind of Facebook and connecting people to imaginary world kind of VR industry tied up. It was big news then.
There were many doubts about how the Social networking and the virtual reality are going to mingle. Facebook has now answered this. The answer is Facebook Spaces. The social VR from Facebook. Doesn’t that sound better.
Not just better, it is compelling. Finally, the beta version of the VR is out, and there are a bunch of reviews floating out about the experience in Facebook Spaces.
What can you do inside Facebook Spaces:
So, the moment you put your VR headset on, you start living in the space. When you enter at first, Justin, the supporting assistant joins you. He guides you in choosing the set-up. You can set up your animated avatar by picking up the various appearances given. Once the avatar is done, the background is taken care of. There are limitations in how far you can move in the background, but that seems fine.
In the Facebook Spaces, you can use your avatar to doodle something and turn it into 3D art. It’s fun filling to do that. The Facebook Spaces is limited to four friends. So, grab your beach kit to relax at the beach with three other friends.
The animated avatar:
The avatar has come out very well. You get the experience of setting up something more like you. You can also have built yourself from scratch. Hence, choosing eyes, nose, hair, etc. that resemble you and putting them together. You can also choose a photo of yours and make an avatar out of it.
The rift microphone can be used to voice interact with the avatars in the Spaces. From the voice received the avatar mimics your mouth movement. Though it isn’t remarkably matching, it fits the better.
Messenger call in Facebook Spaces:
Facebook Spaces is knotted with Facebook Messenger.
People who don’t own a VR Headset can’t have their hands on Spaces. But still, they can see the Spaces where their friends dwell. So, in case you don’t have a VR and your friend has one, you can call your friend in Messenger. Your friend can attend the call in Facebook Spaces. You can interact with them and also see their space. You can see everything that happens there. The only point is you won’t be able to control anything in the space.
You can connect only with the people who are in your friend list of Facebook. This step is taken to reduce the harassment chances.
The fact that you don’t have to possess any special knowledge to use the VR is what is catchy. This has attracted many people who wouldn’t try something like this fearing the complexity.
Rachel Franklin, Head of Social VR at Facebook said, “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.”
The tagline that Facebook says about its Spaces is, “where you hang out with friends in a fun, interactive virtual environment as if you were in the same room.”
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