Developers See Endless Possibilities and Pitfalls With Social VR After Testing Facebook Spaces

Will it drive people together or apart?

While Facebook’s VR world might seem at first glance as gimmicky and depressing (which it likely is if you have too much fun and ditch all your real friends), F8 attendees who stood in long lines to try Spaces said they were impressed with the product.

At its annual F8 developers conference this week in San Francisco, Facebook gave the most detailed glimpse of Facebook Spaces, the company’s first social VR platform. The software—still in beta but now available to anyone with a Facebook account and an Oculus Rift headset—brings users far beyond the news feed and into a world that at times feels like a cartoon and at others like a pixelated documentary.

But it can be pretty entertaining—at least for a while.



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