How Real does VR, AR, or MR have to be?

Facebook's annual F8 Developer Conference kicked off today, and during the opening keynote presentation, the company launched a new VR social platform called Facebook Spaces that lets you interact in VR with your Facebook friends.

Although Facebook (fb) now sells its Oculus Rift VR headset, the company had yet to unveil its own VR app, instead relying on third-party developers to build VR apps for its headset.

For now, Booth and his team will be taking feedback from Spaces beta users, as well as from those who participate on the Messenger side of the equation, and integrating it as Facebook Social VR slowly gets more and more sophisticated. Its appearance is based on the user's photo, but can be further modified with choices of eye color, hairstyle and facial features that best fit the person's identity.

First, an avatar must be created using Facebook photos the user is tagged in.

You can interact with people in Facebook Messenger directly within Spaces - video from Messenger can literally be pumped directly in, as a virtual window, to Spaces. But still, they can see the Spaces where their friends dwell. Tell us what you think of the new app. Share your experience with us by using the comment section below.

As of now, you can already do a lot of that through the various VR experiences available.

On Tuesday, Facebook doubled down on its commitment to pushing social media into virtual reality ("doubling down" is literally the language they used).

Virtual reality technology is a staple in imagining the future. This will help people recognize them when using the app.

You can take selfies, draw pictures with virtual pens and fist-bump your friends. I had a chance to dive into Spaces for an early demo and it's clear that Facebook is building this for the masses, even though the masses don't own a Rift right now. 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.

The app features a virtual selfie stick that users can use to take photos of their experience and share the memories in VR with their friends on Facebook.

For any space, each user is able to create a VR avatar of himself/herself.

VR is a different story, Blau says, noting that Facebook runs a separate conference for VR developers, Oculus Connect, that is likely to be held this fall. Person-to-person interaction Spaces isn't, but this the most connected I've ever felt in VR.

How much of the physical world, do we really need?

Oculus, once the household name in the VR space, was sold to Facebook for $2 billion a few years back, and today the social network finally revealed what everyone knew would happen sooner or later: a virtual reality Facebook app.

There's still no substitute for getting out of the house and seeing the world and you friends.

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