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Facebook will create a product team to work on the “metaverse,” a concept that involves creating digital worlds that can inhabit several people at once.
The metaverse team will be part of Facebook’s virtual reality group Reality Labs, executive Andrew Bosworth said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“Today Portal and Oculus can teleport you to a room with another person, regardless of physical distance, or to new worlds and virtual experiences,” Bosworth wrote. “But to achieve our complete vision of the metaverse, we also need to build the connective tissue between these spaces, so that you can remove the limitations of physics and move them between them as easily as moving from a room in the house. yours to the Next. “
Vishal Shah, the executive responsible for the product on Instagram, is among those joining the new Facebook metaverse group.
Technology companies and executives have begun to increasingly discuss building a “metaverse” as the successor technology to smartphones and the mobile Internet. In general, technologists consider a metaverse a virtual world where large numbers of people can come together to play, work, and socialize.
The metaverse is closely related to the virtual reality and augmented reality technologies that Apple, Google, Amazon and Microsoft are currently developing in addition to Facebook. Roblox, a game aimed at children who have a parent company valued at more than $ 44 billion, is often considered an example of a metaverse.
Facebook invests heavily in virtual reality and virtual reality technologies because they offer the company the ability to control its own hardware platform if they end up taking off, rather than being controlled by the rules that Apple and Google put in their stores. applications.
In an interview with The Verge published earlier last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company’s own metavers would work on virtual reality headsets as well as mobile devices and gaming consoles.
“And my hope, if we do it right, I think that over the next five years or so, in this next chapter of our company, I think we’ll actually move from people who see us as primarily a social media company to being a metaverse company, ”Zuckerberg said in the interview.