Facebook is building a multi-billion dollar virtual universe

    
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Normally, the announcement of a new MMO or virtual world would elicit nothing but excitement from our quarter, but there’s something ominous in hearing that Facebook is getting involved in the future of online worlds.

And this isn’t a mere side project, either: Facebook announced a multi-billion dollar metaverse that it’s creating to “blur the lines between physical reality and online experiences.”

The project is dumping somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 billion into Reality Labs’ augmented and virtual reality plan, not to mention hiring up to 700 people to work on it. The idea here is to create “the successor to the mobile internet” that allows users to go from real life to an online world “with the same ease as moving from one room in your home to the next.”

Source: Forbes
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Toy Clown

I’ve read too many Cyberpunk books and watched too many movies along the lines of Resident Evil to see this as a good thing, too. Yes, I’m laughing at my line of thinking on this and a part of me is so happy that my retirement years are looming in the next decade. I can go off-the-grid then.

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Ardra Diva

it’s funny because i’m in the same timeframe but instead really looking forward to VR/AR as a cheap way to see the world. I’ve already walked around the ruins of Machu Picchu, walked the halls of the Louvre, etc., in actual VR 360 film, even in 2020 resolutions it’s an amazing experience. Good times ahead.

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Rndomuser

If they can do it – I would be glad to support that. I am too tired of reading all those amazing books about future metaverses and global VR worlds and getting yet another linear themepark MMORPG every year or something like New World which is a very simplistic clone of existing MMORPGs with features borrowed from them in worst possible way, including PvP. I just highly doubt they can do it, regardless of the amount of money they have. I believe Epic Games is in much better position to do that since they have money and most importantly the game engine to do that, their own game engine, capable of highest possible visual quality and which they can easily modify for large scale worlds if they want to do that (they just never had the reason to modify it for large scale virtual worlds because they never cared about developing their own MMORPG or metaverse before very recently).

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Ardra Diva

Not a fan of Facebook but I am definitely a fan of spending this kind of money and making this kind of commitment to developing AR/VR. They’re going to move the bar forward, and have arguably stayed in the lead ever since Facebook bought Oculus.

VR is expensive and difficult, and takes both money and a tolerance for spending it. I think Zuck’s guiding plans for it are just to grab more and more information from our lives (a 360 VR share has a lot more gleanable data than a mere 1080p cam selfie, right?), but if he moves the tech forward that’s going to help everyone.

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Jon Wax

Seriously, please do some digging into Earth2

Someone is gonna create the metaverse. Facebook won’t be the guys. Too much working against them.

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Oleg Chebeneev

I want to hear more details!

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MesaSage

There’s one to avoid.

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Anstalt

This is both terrifying and, most likely, doomed to failure.

I don’t think the world is really ready for such a thing, but even if it was, I seriously doubt that Facebook has the ability to deliver.

Hard pass from me anyway, I barely use facebook as it is, certainly never post anything.

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I’m confident that whatever they deliver won’t be what we want, but will certainly make everything worse.

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Fb already blurs the lines of reality with the misinformation spread to support the delusions of the self perceived masses.

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Paragon Lost

I’ll pass flat out every time there is anything to do with Facebook. A hard, hard pass.

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Greaterdivinity

Oh boy, a universe designed for ad delivery? I can’t wait until the Futurama sleep-ads.

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“Ancient Egyptian Algebra” always cracks me up.