Connect 2021: Our vision for the metaverse (2023)

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Today at Connect 2021, Mark Zuckerberg laid out our vision of the metaverse as the successor to the mobile internet — a set of interconnected digital spaces that lets you do things you can’t do in the physical world. Importantly, it’ll be characterized by social presence, the feeling that you’re right there with another person, no matter where in the world you happen to be. In keeping with that vision, he also announced a new brand for our company, Meta, to better reflect our focus moving forward. This is an exciting new chapter for the company, and we’re excited to help bring the metaverse to life.

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The metaverse is still a ways off, but parts of it are already here —and even more are on the horizon. During today’s keynote, we shared a look at what we’re building to improve virtual and augmented reality as we know them today and the steps we’re taking to help realize the full social potential of the metaverse in the future.

Horizon Home

We introduced Horizon Home, our early vision for a home base in the metaverse. This is the first thing you see when you put on your Quest headset. Until now, it’s just been called Home because the experience wasn’t social. Soon, you’ll be able to invite your friends to join you in Horizon Home, where you can hang out, watch videos, and jump into games and apps together.

Horizon Home is the latest addition to Horizon, our social platform to help people create and interact with each other in the metaverse. It joins Horizon Worlds, currently available in beta, and Horizon Workrooms, our flagship productivity solution. And now Venues is joining the party as Horizon Venues. Your all-access pass to concerts, sports, and more, Horizon Venues lets you enjoy the energy of live events from the comfort of home. NBA games are returning in early November, so stay tuned for more details.

(Video) The Metaverse and How We'll Build It Together -- Connect 2021

Messenger calls in VR

Earlier this year we launched Messenger support in VR, letting you send a quick message to friends from inside the headset. But why type when you can talk? Later this year, we’re bringing Messenger audio calls to VR. You’ll be able to jump into an audio call with friends from any Messenger-enabled platform and eventually hang out or travel to VR destinations together.


From AR chess with longtime friends to intense battles with new ones, gaming is certain to be as prevalent in the metaverse as it is today. During the Connect Keynote, we shared that Beat Saber recently surpassed $100 million USD in gross lifetime revenue on the Quest Platform alone — and teased some exciting new updates for the coming months.

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We announced that the Rockstar Games classic Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is in development for Quest 2. Get a new perspective on Los Santos, San Fierro, and Las Venturas as you experience (again or for the first time) one of gaming’s most iconic open worlds. This is a project many years in the making, and we can’t wait to show you more of it.

We also announced a number of new games and updates, including a five-title partnership with Vertigo Games and new events for VR battle royale POPULATION: ONE. Check out the Oculus Blog for even more gaming news.


Many of you are supplementing or even replacing your old gym routine with VR exercise these days, and we want to make your Quest 2 the best piece of gym equipment it can be. Next year we’ll launch a new set of accessories, the Active Pack for Quest 2. The Active Pack includes new grips for the Touch controllers that will help you stay in control while you sweat, and an exercise-optimized facial interface will make it easier to wipe everything down afterwards, so you can keep hitting your Oculus Move goals for years to come.

If you need some variety in your routine, don’t worry: There’s a lot coming before the end of the year, including the recently-added Boxing mode for Supernatural, a new FitXR fitness studio, and hand-tracked bodyweight exercises in Player 22 by Rezzil, which has helped train pro athletes across a number of different sports.

(Video) Connect 2021: our vision for the metaverse. Facebook = Meta l Mark Zuckerberg

The future of work

The metaverse will eventually encompass work, entertainment, and everything in between. Like phones and laptops today, our platform needs to be flexible enough to accommodate all these different use cases.

Soon we’ll begin testing Quest for Business — a new suite of features designed for businesses, but which runs on the same consumer Quest 2 headset you can buy today. Quest for Business will let you log in to your Quest 2 headset with a Work Account, an upcoming business-only login that will allow you to collaborate with coworkers and access productivity apps like Horizon Workrooms and Gravity Sketch without using your personal Facebook account. Quest for Business will also enable access to dedicated platform functions that businesses need for work, like account management, IDP and SSO integration, third-party mobile device management, and more.

We’re taking great care developing Quest for Business to make sure we get it right, so stay tuned for more details in the future. We plan to start in limited beta this year, expand to more beta participants in 2022, and fully launch to all businesses in 2023.

We’re also making it easier to carry your work from your monitor to Quest 2 and back again. Today we announced that services like Slack, Dropbox, Facebook and Instagram, and many more will soon work in VR as 2D panel apps in Horizon Home, and you’ll be able to download them from the Quest Store. This new capability will let you chat with work colleagues, access your files, update your social feeds, and more without having to remove your headset.

Today we’re introducing a new personal workspace environment in Horizon Home, called Studio. And later this year we’ll add customizable rooms in Horizon Workrooms, giving you the ability to choose from a wide variety of different environments to get work done, and place your own company logos or team posters in your rooms. Click here to learn more.

Presence Platform

We announced Presence Platform, a suite of machine perception and AI capabilities — including Passthrough, Spatial Anchors, and Scene Understanding — that will let developers build more realistic mixed reality, interaction, and voice experiences that seamlessly blend virtual content with a user’s physical world.

As part of Presence Platform, we introduced Interaction SDK, which will make it easier for developers to add high-quality hand interactions to their apps by providing a library of common gestures. We’re also adding Voice SDK, for those times when your voice is the most intuitive input method.

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We shipped Passthrough API to developers earlier this year, and developers have created some incredible experiments with it—truly groundbreaking experiences that blend virtual content with the real world. And now we want to get them into your hands as well. With our next SDK release, developers will be able to ship their mixed-reality apps on the Oculus Store and App Lab.

We’re really excited to see what developers make, and we’re already working on the technologies like Spatial Anchors and Scene Understanding Capabilities that will make these mixed-reality experiences even more seamless in the future.

Click here to learn more.

Project Cambria

We gave people a sneak peek at our next-generation all-in-one VR hardware, Project Cambria, launching next year. This won’t be a Quest 2 replacement, or a Quest 3. Project Cambria will be a high-end device at a higher price point, packed with all the latest advanced technologies, including improved social presence, color Passthrough, pancake optics, and a lot more. The experiences developers create with Presence Platform will really shine when the hardware leaps forward, and we’re designing Project Cambria for people who want to start testing out a new kind of computing on the cutting edge of what’s possible today. We’re excited to share more, so stay tuned.

Spark AR updates

With hundreds of thousands of Spark AR creators in the community today, AR continues to be a growing medium for expression and connection. In fact, more than 700 million people use their AR effects each month.

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It’s creators and developers who will really build the metaverse and fill it with the content and experiences that will delight and inform. Mobile AR effects today offer a glimpse of what we’ll see in the future with AR glasses and how we’re working to bring this future within reach. We’re working on new tools that Spark AR creators can use to place digital objects in the physical world and let people interact with them, realistically, with depth and occlusion. We’re also testing the ability for creators and brands to connect multiple AR effects across different physical locations into cohesive AR storytelling experiences, like guided tours or scavenger hunts. And to make it so even more people can contribute AR content, we’ve created a new app, codenamed Polar, that makes AR creation possible for novice creators with no prior experience in art, design, or programming.

To help beginner and advanced creators alike improve their skills and make a living building AR effects using Spark AR, we’re expanding our professional curriculum and adding a certification process, making it easier to market their validated skills, and putting our Spark AR curriculum on Coursera and edX for broader access. Click hereto learn more.

Educational investment

Beyond entertainment and social experiences, the metaverse stands to radically transform the way we learn as well. We’re already seeing this with educational content and immersive training in healthcare, the automotive industry, and more.

Building these experiences takes time, effort, and — most importantly — talented people. Today we announced a new $150 million USD initiative to train the next generation of creators building immersive educational content. And we’re working with game engine developer Unity to help people gain the skills they need to create incredible AR and VR content.

We’re also partnering with a number of institutions to help bring to life their visions for immersive and collaborative learning experiences — VictoryXR and Byjus FutureSchool; nonprofits like Generation, Urban Arts Partnership, and the Peace Literacy Institute; and learning organizations, including a number of historically Black colleges and universities.

The future

A lot of pieces need to be built before we get to the metaverse proper. At Connect today, we reviewed some of that work. In September, we released Ray-Ban Stories in partnership with EssilorLuxottica. The first stylish, all-day wearable smart glasses that let you capture, share, and listen without breaking your flow, Ray-Ban Stories have demonstrated what’s possible when you’re able to stay present in the world around you. As we look ahead toward AR glasses with an always-available assistant, research Michael Abrash’s team is doing offers a glimpse of challenges there.

We looked at our research into photorealistic avatars and real-time, 3D reconstructions of real-world locations, which offer the current state of the art for VR. And we talked about some of the technology that will be needed to enable people to do things in the metaverse.

We showed — for the first time — how wrist-based electromyography (EMG) input technology that we believe will be key to controlling future devices — could one day allow you to send a message in AR with your hand resting comfortably at your side.

We also showed our progress on AI that understands your context and can give you a simple set of choices based on that context. We demoed a series of assistant-related smart home experiences enabled by Project Aria.

These experiences are proofs of concept for the types of interactions AR glasses will one day bring to us. Our first fully-fledged AR glasses — Project Nazare —are still a few years out, but we’re excited by the progress we’ve made and look forward to the road ahead.

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What is the vision of metaverse? ›

The Future Vision for the Internet. Tech leaders describe the online world as an extensive place where people and their avatars can work, shop, attend classes and even walk on the moon. The metaverse is loosely defined as an extensive online world where people interact via digital avatars.

How much will the Metaverse glasses be? ›

Priced at US$299 and powered by Facebook's virtual assistant, the web-connected shades can also take phone calls and play music or podcasts. To share photos and videos captured on Ray-Ban Stories to other platforms, users will need to pair their smart glasses with the Facebook View app.

How do you actually enter the metaverse? ›

Accessing the metaverse varies from platform to platform. You can enter gaming metaverses as a guest user with just a computer or smartphone — though to truly participate, you'll need a Windows PC and a crypto wallet. Other platforms require augmented reality glasses or a VR headset.

How metaverse will impact the world? ›

Proponents argue that, done right, the virtual worlds of the metaverse will increase teleworker camaraderie, improve collaboration, speed up training, reduce the need for office space and make work a happier place in general.

Why is the metaverse important? ›

“Metaverse technology can be used to explore industrial or operational scenarios that would be far too expensive to build in real life. Auto companies already are designing in 'digital twins,' doing their first dummy crash test in a metaverse world, and collaborating on model modifications in augmented reality.”

Do people get paid in the metaverse? ›

There are several ways to start earning money in the metaverse. These include flipping digital assets, hosting virtual events, participating in play-to-earn games, designing virtual spaces, and investing in metaverse tokens.

Does the metaverse cost money? ›

You can look at the metaverse as a way of accessing the internet. So, the metaverse won't be any more free than the internet is now. Even though no company can charge you a toll to access the metaverse, you will need some kind of internet or data connection to access it.

How do I join metaverse on Facebook? ›

This is one of the reasons why Facebook is focusing on developing more hardware like smart glasses so users can access the Metaverse easily.
  1. Step 1: You'll need an Avatar. ...
  2. Step 2: Time to explore the world. ...
  3. Step 3: Play games. ...
  4. Step 4: Make new friends.
15 Mar 2022

Can everyone access the metaverse? ›

Individuals can easily access the metaverse by creating their very own avatar on the platform, a 3D virtual world browser-based platform. This is one of the finest and simplest ways to obtain entrance to the metaverse. Decentraland also allows anyone who wishes to build their avatar to do so on their website.

Who owns metaverse? ›

In the case of the Facebook Metaverse, it is owned by the company founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg.

Which metaverse should I join? ›

The popularity of Star Atlas as one of the best metaverse platforms has gained traction in recent times. It is a blockchain game featuring a space-themed design. Designed as a multiplayer metaverse, it can open up the future of technology to everyone. The platform helps in buying, selling, and creating NFTs.

How metaverse is important for future? ›

The metaverse is a virtual reality space where users can connect with other users in a digital environment. Metaverse allows you to experience your presence in virtual environments while also utilizing cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual reality (VR), and augmented reality (AR).

Is metaverse good for humanity? ›

While the metaverse is a great place to become a new version of yourself, it is easier to start with who you are already and build from there. Hyperreal technologies lower the barriers of entry for regular people that want to have everyday human experiences in virtual environments.

What is the end goal of the metaverse? ›

This included $200 million from Sony Group Corp. Epic Games' vision of the metaverse differs from Facebook's in that it wants to provide a communal space for users to interact with each other and brands -- without a news feed riddled with ads.

What is metaverse example? ›

The Sandbox is a metaverse example that lets users play and build virtual worlds with the option to monetize their experiences, services, and products for sale or trade. Sandbox allows users to own non-interchangeable in-game assets such as non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and buy and sell real estate.

Will the metaverse replace real life? ›

While the metaverse can effectively enable and expand access to certain aspects of work and consumption — from live events and experiences to digital art and avatar skins — it will never replace our basic need for face-to-face interaction and connection, even in a business setting.

What is the biggest metaverse? ›

Roblox can easily be counted as one of the biggest Metaverse platforms as it has over 24 million active users globally and the platform is free to use for gamers. Recently, Roblox partnered with NFL to launch a Metaverse in 2022 as well.

What problems will metaverse solve? ›

The Metaverse will allow users to take physical objects from the real world and transform them into virtual objects in the virtual world. Conversely, Metaverse will also allow users to bring virtual objects into the real world.

Will the metaverse help to build a better society or destroy it? ›

Metaverse has both positive and negative impacts on our lives. Metaverse allows people to interact and communicate without spatial constraints. We could explore new pieces of knowledge and entertainment through experiences that would be impossible in the real world.

Is metaverse only for rich? ›

Metaverses are introducing ownership and rarity to the internet for the first time in its history. It is already generating billions of dollars in transactions, but the risk is that it becomes a club exclusively for the wealthy.

Are we already in the metaverse? ›

Rizwan Virk is a computer scientist and video game pioneer, founder of Play Labs @ MIT and author of The Simulation Hypothesis: An MIT Computer Scientist Shows Why AI, Quantum Physics and Eastern Mystics Agree We Are in a Video Game and The Simulated Multiverse.

Can I create my metaverse? ›

Of course, as you might have guessed, creating a metaverse is an advanced task. However, it is a lot simpler than you might think. When you use the right Web3 tech stack, you can create your own metaverse with your JavaScript or Unity skills.

Is metaverse the future? ›

In simple words, the possibilities with the metaverse are endless. As the metaverse concept is starting to incorporate Web3 technology enabled through blockchain technology, the future metaverse would be something very similar to our real world in many aspects and even replace some real-world activities.

Is the metaverse just the internet? ›

The metaverse combines aspects of physical reality, virtual reality, augmented reality, artificial intelligence, social media, online gaming and cryptocurrencies, allowing users to interact virtually. All of these “realities” make the Metaverse a completely different concept from the internet.

Is FB metaverse free? ›

Metaverse Is Here: Facebook's First VR App Is Now Open to All for Free.

Is metaverse an app? ›

Metaverse is the easiest way to create interactive content. Create experiences using the Metaverse Studio, and watch them come to life in the Metaverse app browser. Create all kinds of interactive experiences, including games, scavenger hunts, memes, and educational experiences.

How much does Facebook metaverse cost? ›

That puts the annualized metaverse investment at nearly $15 billion, well above the $10 billion annual figure the company had previously given.

How do I get metaverse on my phone? ›

How to enter The Nemesis metaverse:
  1. Go to and click "Play". You can also download the app on your Android or iOS device;
  2. Sign up or log in to get access to all of the features;
  3. Press the Escape key and select "Avatar" from the drop-down menu;
  4. Select "Ready Player Me" and click "Modify" to edit your avatar.
19 May 2022

Can you go to jail in metaverse? ›

As more and more people enter the Metaverse, internet sex crimes charges could easily be brought for harassment, child pornography, solicitation, and other serious, real-life crimes that will carry real consequences, including jail time.

How do I join metaverse without VR? ›

Most other metaverses (and metaverse-like games) don't need VR goggles:
  1. “Decentraland” can be accessed through any browser.
  2. “Roblox” has mobile apps and is available through the Web. ...
  3. “Fortnite” is available on almost every platform.
  4. “Minecraft” is also available pretty much everywhere.
14 Sept 2022

Is metaverse legal? ›

What Laws Apply To Metaverse? There are currently no laws specifically regulating Metaverse or other virtual worlds. However, the same general laws that apply to the internet also apply to Metaverse, including copyright law, defamation law, contract law, and more.

How does metaverse make money? ›

NFT Sales. The metaverse runs on NFTs and selling your in-game items as NFTs has emerged as one of the most popular ways metaverse game developers generate revenue. New players can be provided basic NFTs to help them get started and they can craft new NFTs as they play.

Is Google in the metaverse? ›

Google is back in the metaverse with its new AR prototypes - Virsabi.

What are the top 5 metaverse? ›

Top Metaverse Games
  • Tamadoge.
  • Decentraland.
  • The Sandbox.
  • Axie Infinity.
20 Aug 2022

What are the 4 major metaverse platforms? ›

Leading 10 Metaverse Platforms
  • Decentraland (MANA) Decentraland has a market value of nearly $5.6 billion. ...
  • The Sandbox (SAND) Sandbox is the second-most-popular metaverse coin. ...
  • GALA (GALA) ...
  • Enjin Coin (ENJ) ...
  • Metahero (HERO) ...
  • Celebrity Atlas (ATLAS) ...
  • Bloktopia.
12 Aug 2022

What are 3 games in the metaverse? ›

Top 10 Metaverse Games To Play In 2022
  • Sandbox. In 2012, French co-founders Arthur Madrid and Sébastien Borget of Pixelowl initially made Sandbox available as a smartphone game. ...
  • Decentraland. ...
  • Axie Infinity. ...
  • Chain of Alliance. ...
  • My Neighbor Alice. ...
  • Illuvium. ...
  • Farmers World. ...
  • Prospectors.
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What is the motto of metaverse? ›

“In simplest terms, the metaverse is the internet, but in 3D.”

What are the pillars of the metaverse? ›

The four technology pillars of the Metaverse are: -Virtual Reality -Augmented Reality -Mixed Reality -Artificial Intelligence Each of these technologies are integral to the Metaverse and its success.

What are people saying about metaverse? ›

51% say they can more easily be their authentic self in virtual worlds than in-person. 40% say they understand the concept of the metaverse. 33% say the metaverse is the future of technology.

What is exciting about the metaverse? ›

Lareina: What's exciting is that the metaverse, like the internet, is the next platform on which we can work, live, connect, and collaborate. It's going to be an immersive virtual environment that connects different worlds and communities.

Which is the biggest metaverse right now? ›

Roblox can easily be counted as one of the biggest Metaverse platforms as it has over 24 million active users globally and the platform is free to use for gamers. Recently, Roblox partnered with NFL to launch a Metaverse in 2022 as well.

How many universe are there in metaverse? ›

There is only one shared universe that allows users to move freely between different platforms of the Metaverse.


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