Facebook's vision of the future is horribly antisocial

Facebook has officially launched React VR, an open-source JavaScript library that lets developers create cross-platform WebVR experiences.

For those who don't have a VR headset and still want to see the virtual reality experience, Facebook Spaces allows video calls with Messenger to invite friends who can't be with you in VR.

Zuckerberg said: "Think about how numerous things that we have in our lives that actually don't need to be physical - they can be digital".

This new product, announced at the company's Annual F8 developer conference, San Jose, CA, marks the first entry into social VR since Facebook acquired Oculus for $2 billion in 2014.

In an apparent concession that virtual and augmented reality are taking longer than expected to blossom, Facebook Inc. today announced a raft of more pragmatic VR and AR services and partnerships that it hopes will jumpstart both.

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VR is "an extension of who you are", said Facebook's head of Social VR, Rachel Franklin. It enables users to virtually be in-person with friends and family in VR, heaving fun and meaningful experiences no matter where everyone might be. Though we didn't try out this feature in my demo, you can also bring people into your VR session through a video call on Facebook Messenger, which Zuckerberg showed off back in October.

First, you connect your Facebook account to Spaces in the "Devices Requests" tab of the Facebook mobile app.

Once you enter Spaces, you sit around a digital table with friends where you can interact, share photos and even start a video chat. Here's a look at the features of Facebook Spaces. There's a bunch of different stuff you can do in Spaces, but it primarily focuses on interacting with a small group of people.

There are several issues that need to be addressed before Facebook Spaces can offer a true VR experience, which is why software has been released in beta form. Once they answer the video call placed through Messenger, they will be led to a window to virtual world.

Currently, they are a poor representation of ourselves-kind of Facebook's own version of Nintendo Miis. Further, Facebook Spaces lets users pause a "Spaces" chat at any time and move into a quiet space where they can take a break away from other people. The app has been launched in beta for Oculus Rift and Touch today.

In keeping with current trends, Facebook also added a virtual selfie stick to Spaces, so that users can take a photo of everyone together, and then share that to the social network, to make their friends jealous of not having a pricey VR peripheral and heavy-duty PC.

The Spaces VR app is now being made available only on the Oculus Rift in the Early Access section but is expected to make its way to other platforms in due time.