Facebook Now Lets You Live Stream From Inside VR.
Via The Verge.
Facebook is adding a live-streaming feature to its virtual reality app Spaces. Starting today, Spaces users can position a virtual camera and stream a two-dimensional feed of themselves to people outside VR. Viewers can send reactions and comments just as they would on a normal Facebook Live video. (Streamers will see both floating in space.) It’s part of Facebook’s ongoing efforts to bridge the gap between first-generation VR headsets and more traditional computing platforms.
Spaces, a virtual environment for the Oculus Rift, launched earlier this year at Facebook’s F8 conference. At that time, it allowed users outside VR to “dial in” using Facebook Messenger. “We really wanted to expand on that experience and let you hang out with your friends who don't yet have VR,” says Mike Booth, product manager for Facebook’s social VR team. “We really want to just put this technology out there and see what people do with it.”
YOU CAN MOVE COMMENTS AROUND AS PHYSICAL OBJECTS The platform offers a couple of options that normal Facebook Live doesn’t. Spaces was built so people could virtually meet up with friends from any geographic location, and they can all appear on the same live stream as well. Streamers can also drag comments around as physical props in VR, and, depending on the virtual environment they’ve chosen, they can appear to be streaming from just about anywhere.