Elon Musk recently revealed plans to introduce video functionality to Spaces, the live audio conversation feature on X, formerly known as Twitter. Musk indicated that the new feature is expected to launch by the end of the year or, at the latest, early next year.
In terms of features, Musk explained that the video addition would be straightforward, allowing users to toggle video on or off during Spaces sessions. Moreover, if multiple speakers are present, the video feed will automatically switch to the person currently speaking, akin to popular video conferencing platforms like Google Meet.
Musk emphasized the importance of incorporating video, stating that observing body language enhances communication. He believes that seeing a speaker’s face and body language can convey more information and foster a deeper connection during live conversations.
By integrating video into Spaces, X aims to provide users with an all-encompassing platform for engaging with their audience without the need for external services. It’s worth noting that X had previously introduced a live video broadcasting feature similar to offerings on Facebook Live and Instagram Live.
The Spaces feature was initially positioned as a competitor to Clubhouse when it was introduced in 2021, gaining popularity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since Elon Musk’s involvement and rebranding of the social network to X, the primary changes to Spaces were the renaming from Twitter Spaces to X Spaces. Now, Musk and X are taking Spaces to the next level by incorporating video, marking a significant expansion beyond audio-only conversations.
Elon Musk shared this announcement during a recent Spaces session featuring controversial figures such as Alex Jones, Andrew Tate, and Vivek Ramaswamy. Musk had previously reinstated Alex Jones’ account on X after a user poll, despite Jones’ notoriety for spreading conspiracy theories about the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting, which resulted in the tragic loss of 28 lives.