HTC Vive users have just found another virtual destination to visit, as Facebook, owners of Oculus Rift, announced they are opening up their Facebook Spaces to owners of the device.
Facebook Head of Social VR Rachel Franklin said:
“VR is such a powerful way to feel present with the people you care about when you can’t physically be together. With Facebook Spaces, we’ve always been committed to bringing the power of social VR to as many people as possible, across platforms and devices.
“That’s why I’m super excited to announce that today we’re taking Facebook Spaces cross-platform for the first time, making it possible for even more people to spend time with their friends and family in VR. HTC Vive owners can now use Spaces with a Vive headset — just download from http://facebook.com/spaces.
“In the new app, Vive owners will find all the same fun features as the Rift version — you can create your own avatar, view Facebook photos and 360 videos, play games, draw with markers, go Live, make Messenger video calls, and (my favorite) take awesome selfies. Plus it’s cross-platform compatible, so Vive users can also hang out in Spaces with friends who use Rift.”
The statement somewhat acknowledges that no VR platform currently has a critical mass of users, and that they would do much better pooling their strengths and pulling in more users than fighting amongst each other for a big piece of a very small pie.
Franklin confirmed this was just the start of their cross-platform ambitions:
“This is our first expansion onto a new platform, but it’s only the beginning: We’re working to bring Facebook Spaces to even more VR platforms and devices in the future, so stay tuned.”
HTC Vive owners can download the Facebook Spaces app here.