The Future Is Now | Meta Opens Its First Virtual World for Oculus Quest 2 Users

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Meta, formerly known as Facebook, set out on the mission to create its very own metaverse – and it’s taken many steps toward this goal. Even though this isn’t precisely the metaverse, it’s a step in the right direction. Meta recently announced that it would release Horizon Worlds, its first virtual world.

Meet Horizon Worlds

Horizon Worlds is a free app available for the Oculus Quest 2 headset and is open to anyone over the age of 18 in the United States and Canada. 

Horizon Worlds works as a virtual reality social app where users can create their own avatars and explore the virtual world. They can connect with new people, or with friends.

Inside Horizon Worlds, you’re able to play games or chat and interact with other Oculus users

In short, it’s the first step towards the metaverse. Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, announced that it was the company’s goal to create its own version of the metaverse, a term created in science fiction novels. 

Meta’s goal is to create a space for people to play, interact, and even work without leaving the virtual space. This is just the beginning of that goal, but it’s a step in the right direction for the company.

In October, Zuckerberg said in an official statement that “Our hope is that within the next decade, the metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and support jobs for millions of creators and developers.” The company’s betting heavy on this goal.

Meta also said that it would invest up to $10 billion in the next year alone to build the technology necessary to create the multiverse.

In the meantime, if you have an Oculus Quest headset and you meet the requirements above, you can start using Horizon Worlds right now

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