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Yesterday, Facebook kicked off Oculus Connect in San Jose, its sixth summit to showcase its latest development in VR. They revealed hand tracking for the Oculus Quest which turns your hands into the controller (like real life!). The new Star Wars title turned heads. And they announced an impressive milestone: $100M in Oculus Store sales. But those updates are tiny compared to its introduction of Facebook Horizon, which draws comparisons to Ready Player One’s Oasis... but hopefully safer. Facebook Horizon is a virtual world simulator where you can hang out, socialize, and even build your own virtual town. It looks like a VR-first Second Life which launched way back in 2003, a year prior to “TheFacebook". We’re excited to give it a try once it's live in early 2020, but until then here are a few VR experiences you can explore with your friends today: 😎 Sandbox – The closest thing to the Holodeck. It’s wild (we’ve tried it). 😎 Modal VR – Founded by Nolan Bushnell of Atari fame, Modal VR can create virtual worlds you run around in as book as 150,000 square feet. 😎 VRChat – A place to chat with friends in VR (no surprise), fresh with $10M in funding announced earlier this month 😎 Spatial – Currently in private beta, Spatial teleports your team into the same room from anywhere in the world. Thoughts on Facebook Horizon and our VR future in general? Share them here.

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Yesterday, Facebook kicked off Oculus Connect in San Jose, its sixth summit to showcase its latest development in VR. They revealed hand tracking for the Oculus Quest which turns your hands into the controller (like real life!). The new Star Wars title turned heads. And they announced an impressive milestone: $100M in Oculus Store sales.

But those updates are tiny compared to its introduction of Facebook Horizon, which draws comparisons to Ready Player One’s Oasis... but hopefully safer.

Facebook Horizon is a virtual world simulator where you can hang out, socialize, and even build your own virtual town. It looks like a VR-first Second Life which launched way back in 2003, a year prior to “TheFacebook".

We’re excited to give it a try once it's live in early 2020, but until then here are a few VR experiences you can explore with your friends today:

😎 Sandbox – The closest thing to the Holodeck. It’s wild (we’ve tried it).

😎 Modal VR – Founded by Nolan Bushnell of Atari fame, Modal VR can create virtual worlds you run around in as book as 150,000 square feet.

😎 VRChat – A place to chat with friends in VR (no surprise), fresh with $10M in funding announced earlier this month

😎 Spatial – Currently in private beta, Spatial teleports your team into the same room from anywhere in the world.

Thoughts on Facebook Horizon and our VR future in general? Share them here.

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