By leveraging Facebook’s ubiquity in day-to-day life, Spaces promises to make virtual reality more personal, and more relatable, than it’s ever been.
Facebook’s Friends is VR’s killer app
Though Facebook’s Oculus has its own suite of social features including avatar creation and friend finding, Spaces does all of that from scratch with a specific purpose in mind; connect people from across the world, give them the feeling that they’re really meeting up together like in real life, and then do things that they could never do within the confines of real reality. As an early app, it shows huge potential of reaching that vision in the months and years to come
Facebook is ready to give you and your friends a new place to hang out — in VR. Still, for some reason, there will be selfie sticks.
The newest “platform” from the social network, Facebook Spaces, takes place entirely in VR using the Oculus Rift. It gives you the ability to create your very own personalized avatar using your Facebook photos, through which you’ll interact with your friends, family, and just about everything else you can imagine in the virtual world.
As Facebook pushes into VR with Spaces, columnist and Bitly senior content strategist Blaise Lucey takes a look at how will virtual reality will affect e-commerce and the retail experience.