Tech & Science Facebook opens up social VR app Spaces to Groups

14:47  13 february  2018
14:47  13 february  2018 Source:   Engadget

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As Facebook looks to keep its VR dream moving, the company is opening its nascent social VR platform to Facebook brings Live broadcasting to its Spaces virtual reality app . Browse more HTC Vive. Up Next. SendBird raises another M to help developers add chat functions to a service.

By opening up Spaces to Groups , Facebook has amped up the social aspect of the app . Since that also means you could end up in a single VR environment with people you don't know that well -- or at all -- Facebook has ensured you can report people and mute or pause the experience anytime.

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Facebook Spaces is no longer just a place for you to hang out with friends and family in your list: you can also use it to form bonds with people in the Groups you're in. You can now host or join a VR Space with up to four people from a Group, so you can discuss shared interests in virtual reality. The social VR app allows you to connect with new people in a deeper way: you could, for instance, conduct practice sessions together using VR props if you're all part of a music or a stand-up comedy group. You could perform in one Space as a band and livestream your performance to friends. You could also watch videos together or just chat and get to know one another at a deeper level in a VR environment.

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As Facebook looks to keep its VR dream moving, the company is opening up its nascent social VR platform to run on headsets that the company doesn’t build. Today, a VR exec at the company announced that Facebook Spaces would be gaining support to run on the competing HTC Vive

As Facebook looks to keep its VR dream moving, the company is opening up its nascent social VR platform to run on headsets that the company doesn’t build. Today, a VR exec at the company announced that Facebook Spaces would be gaining support to run on the competing HTC Vive

By opening up Spaces to Groups, Facebook has amped up the social aspect of the app. Since that also means you could end up in a single VR environment with people you don't know that well -- or at all -- Facebook has ensured you can report people and mute or pause the experience anytime. It's an early experimental feature, though, so you'll likely encounter bugs as you go along, meeting new friends through your Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headsets.

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The verdict, from a Berlin regional court, comes as Big Tech faces increasing scrutiny in Germany over its handling of sensitive personal data that enables it to micro-target online advertising. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzvb) said that Facebook's default settings and some of its terms of service were in breach of consumer law, and that the court had found parts of the consent to data usage to be invalid.

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