Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg showed off the company’s experiments with social virtual reality experiences that allow you to chat with your friends using virtual avatars. It was really weird. The demo app allows you to chat with avatars of your friends, travel to places like Mars or Facebook’s Headquarters, and take virtual reality selfies to share to Facebook.
Zuck showed off the demo at the third annual Oculus Connect conference in San Jose, California. Virtual reality fans have been waiting for Facebook to roll out an app for the Oculus platform since it acquired the company for $2 Billion in 2014.
The demo was, as you might expect, pretty odd, and rough around the edges. Zuckerberg’s friends showed off their avatars facial expressions, traveled to Mars, played chess in Zuckerberg’s office, and eventually traveled to the CEO’s home to take a selfie with his dog and wife. Zuck was was able to audio chat with his friends using the Oculus headset, and video chat with his wife using Facebook messenger.
Zuckerberg didn’t mention when the app would be available. It appears this is just an experimental demo for now, which is fine, because we don’t want to anything that works like this.