Facebook Adds New Features to its VR Hangout App Spaces

The social app, Spaces, was released for the Oculus Rift by Facebook back in April. It lets users blend all the immersive aspects that VR has to offer with all the perks you get with Facebook. Facebook’s now announced at the Oculus Connect developer conference in San Jose, California, that they are adding a few more features to the app, one of them allowing you to bring your own photos and videos into Spaces.

When Facebook released Spaces, they envisioned an app that will would allow friends to essentially “hangout” in VR, allowing its users to share photos and videos using virtual pop-screens. With these new added features, you can now add your own photos and videos into Spaces.

In addition, Spaces will now let users stream its existing library of 360-degree videos. You can’t stream 360 video to others outside of Spaces however; you can only view them within the app. It would be nice if Facebook in the future upgrades Spaces to allow users to stream their own 360-degree videos to outside users.

Among the other features, Facebook is adding a new feature called 3D Posts, which are cartoony, interactive 3D objects that are created by using creative tools in Spaces. They then can be taken out of VR and be posted directly onto Facebook. You can also now play a number of low-key games, like cards and dice, with your friends in Spaces and also illustrate in Spaces using the VR tool Quill.

For more information, visit facebook.com/spaces.

Sean Berry
Sean Berry
Sean Berry is Videomaker's Managing Editor.

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