F8 2017: Facebook Spaces Is Company’s Social VR Platform, Launched In Beta

by Jamie Feltham • April 18th, 2017

It’s been a year now since Facebook debuted new social VR features for its network using the Oculus Rift, and today it’s got more to share.

At its keynote speech at F8 this week Facebook debuted its social platform, Facebook Spaces, launched in “very early” Beta today.

The platform still looks very similar to the demo revealed at Oculus Connect 3 last year, but Facebook went far more in-depth with the systems behind it today. It showed its avatar creation system, allowing users to personalize their look. There was also a look at inviting friends and sharing 360 spaces together. The app will use the entire library of 360 content available on Facebook, as well as your own personal photos and videos.

If you want to meet someone in VR but don’t have a Rift, you can call into the space with a smartphone, and you’ll be able to share 2D photos, videos, and more.

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  • polysix

    whoop dee doo

  • Well, in the end they did it! I’m curious to discover how many people will use it!

  • mbze430

    Going to try this tonight….

  • OkinKun

    Well, I wasn’t in any rush to connect my facebook account to my Oculus one, but this might just make me do that, if they require it. heh

  • Casey

    Looks pretty neat, though I’ve always wondered when we’ll be able to look like our actual real life self in social apps, rather than just some avatar. Basically something more akin to a video chat, but in VR.

  • Intriguing. What would be nice is if you could import your own avatar, rather than customizing the ones they offer.

  • Bundy

    Hopefully we can use our own 360 video’s.

    • I haven’t tried 360 videos yet, but 360 photos work. You just have to upload it to your Facebook, then click Media > Timeline and then find the photo or video you want.

      • Bundy

        Awesome thanks!

      • Bundy

        Do you know how to get video’s to play? I saw a couple that I had saved on fb, and could select them but they appear as just screenshots.