Meta: Facebook Continues Building Its Metaverse Under A New Name

TECH NEWS – Meta: However, it doesn’t mean a change that we all have to get used to, as it’s a little more complicated than you’d think.


Previously, we wrote about how Facebook planned to rename itself to display its focus on virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR for short, which could be called XR, or extended reality together…). During its annual Connect conference, the company announced that its new name is Meta, and the brand will enclose the company’s all aspects.

However, the change is for the main company only! Facebook, the social networking page, will not be rechristened, and Instagram and WhatsApp will also keep their respective names. In other words, we see the same case as with Google’s parent company. Instead of Google, it now runs under a different name, Alphabet. “As part of this, it’s time for us to adopt a new company brand to encompass everything that we do. To reflect who we are and what we hope to build. I’m proud to announce our company is now Meta,” Zuckerberg said. It will encompass Facebook’s apps and ongoing virtual and augmented reality efforts, plus “reflect who we are and what we hope to build,” quoting the metaverse company’s head.

Also, at the Connect conference, Zuckerberg revealed a welcome change for the Oculus Quest headsets. Keep in mind that Meta owns Oculus, too. The standalone headsets (they do not require a PC!) will stop requiring users to have a Facebook account! “As we’ve focused more on work, and frankly as we’ve heard your feedback more broadly, we’re working on making it so you can log in into Quest with an account other than your personal Facebook account. We’re starting to test support for work accounts soon, and we’re working on making a broader shift here within the next year. Not everyone wants their social media profile linked to all these other experiences,” Zuckerberg said.

It makes sense: if you recently bought an Oculus Quest 2, you were required to use a Facebook account, and the recent company-wide outage rendered them useless, too. This change will fix the centralization issues.

Source: WCCFTech, PCGamer

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