After announcing its new 3D Photos back in May at its F8 conference, Facebook has made the feature available to all users today.

The new feature uses AI to create a depth perspective that offers a slight 3D experience (via TechCrunch). Notably, the augmented feature is just available for Portrait mode photos, like those taken from compatible iPhone models.

Facebook shared more details on 3D Photos in a blog post:

Whether it’s a shot of your pet, your friends, or a beautiful spot from your latest vacation, you just take a photo in Portrait mode using your compatible dual-lens smartphone, then share as a 3D photo on Facebook where you can scroll, pan and tilt to see the photo in realistic 3D—like you’re looking through a window.

Users will be able to view the augmented images in the normal News Feed, as well as with VR options like Oculus Rift and more. Facebook says viewing 3D Photos is live for all users, while creating them will be a slower rollout over the next few weeks.

You can also view 3D photos in VR using the Oculus Browser on Oculus Go or Firefox on Oculus Rift. Everyone will be able to see 3D photos in News Feed and VR today, while the ability to create and share 3D photos begins to roll out today and will be available to everyone in the coming weeks.

Check out the video below for a look at how 3D Photos look:

Is this a feature you find useful? Or is it too trivial to bother spending time with it? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


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