Facebook is full of ideas to make virtual reality more social
One app the company showed off at its F8 developer conference in San Francisco lets people to share 360-degree photos and look around together.
Here's how it works: Two people wearing Rift headsets find each other in a specialized room where they see floating avatars, computer images representing them in the virtual world. In the room is a table holding spheres, which represent 360-degree photos. If they grab a sphere and put it on their avatar's face, they're transported inside the photo, and can look around from its center.
Facebook even built a virtual selfie stick, allowing people to take selfies in a 360-degree photo in VR. (Try saying that five times fast). And of course, they can post that selfie to Facebook from within the app by droping the photo into a post office box with a Facebook logo.
"When you put two people in this environment you start to have a lot of fun," said Mike Schroepfer, Facebook's chief technology officer, at F8 on Wednesday.