The metaverse of science fiction and the Metaverse envisioned by Facebook aren’t one and the same. It’s clever branding meant to evoke a 3D internet in the vein of Ready Player One’s OASIS, with hyperrealistic graphics and fun games accessible to everyone. But Meta’s spin of the Metaverse comes with both major upsides and downsides.
On the plus side, Meta has a talented team of VR developers responsible for the hugely popular Oculus Quest 2, and has acquired teams of talented game and app developers that could easily make a virtual Metaverse worth “living” in. On the downside, Facebook’s history gives us reason to worry about how privacy in the Metaverse will work; and it’s unlikely the Metaverse will be as open or accessible as the internet is now.