Facebook’s New VR App, Facebook Spaces, Takes Virtually Hanging Out to a New Level

The beta app is currently available in the Oculus Store

Facebook is evolving from a place to catch up with friends and family to a place to virtually hang out with them with Tuesday’s beta launch of virtual reality application Facebook Spaces for Oculus Rift and Oculus Touch.

The app—currently available via the Oculus Store—enables users to:

  • Create and customize their identities.
  • Draw with a virtual marker.
  • View Facebook content including 360-degree photos and videos.
  • Use Messenger calling to invite friends.
  • Take advantage of the app’s selfie stick.

Facebook head of social VR Rachel Franklin provided a more detailed look at Facebook Spaces in a Newsroom post:

It’s easy to create an identity that represents the real you in Facebook Spaces. This helps people recognize you and makes VR feel more like hanging out in-person. Just choose one of your Facebook photos and you’ll see an array of options for your VR appearance. Start with one of these options, then customize until it feels just right. You can change your eye color, hairstyle, facial features and more until your look fits your identity. It’s all about being yourself.

Once you’ve decided on your look, jump into the experience and invite your Facebook friends to join you.

You can draw in the air with a virtual marker to create anything you can dream up, from a decorative hat to a handmade tic-tac-toe board.

You’ll also find the rich variety of Facebook content at your fingertips to view with friends in VR, including 360 videos and photos that can transport you to new places. You and your friends can relive personal memories from your own Timelines, or even make new ones as you explore things that interest you from people and pages you follow.

Why should the people in VR have all the fun? Facebook Spaces lets you easily phone a friend in the real world with Messenger video calling (pictured at top of post), so you can bring even more people into your VR space. They can answer your call on their phone to instantly open a window into your virtual world. Whether you want to show off your latest 3-D drawing masterpiece, play an amazing 360 video your friend would love or just spend time chatting, it’s one of the best ways to be in the moment together, from anywhere.

Of course, there’s a selfie stick, too. Use it to take photos of your experience and share the memories you create in VR with your friends on Facebook.