Meta has announced that they won’t be holding their F8 developer's conference this year as they continue to shift focus to the metaverse. While the company does have plans for other events, like this month’s Conversations, they are still set on making the metaverse a thing, for better or worse.
Talking about the metaverse leaves most people confused, so it’s clear that Meta still has a lot of work to do with the thing. Only time will tell if canceling conferences like this to make the metaverse better will be worth it, especially since we barely know anything about it.
Metaverse is still under construction
In a Facebook blogpost, Meta said they would be “pausing” the F8 developer's conference for the foreseeable future to focus on new initiatives. Unsurprisingly, the metaverse is Meta’s focus, as they pointed out how building it is a collaborative effort between multiple companies.
“Similar to years past, we are taking a brief break in programming and will not hold F8 in 2022 while we gear up on new initiatives that are all tailored towards the next chapter of the internet, and the next chapter of our company too: building the metaverse. Similar to the early stages of the web, building the metaverse will be a collaborative effort at every stage — with other companies, creators and developers like you.”
Diego Duarte Moreira via Developers Facebook Blog
Facebook’s rebranding into Meta happened last year alongside the announcement of its new metaverse focus. Despite multiple collaborations and a number of companies investing in it, most people are still confused by the service’s nature.
On a base level, Meta is aiming to create a massive VR online communities, despite not being enticing for the masses in the past. However, in the long term, Meta wants everyone to work, play and relax within its metaverse.
More Meta conferences are coming
As we said earlier, there are still upcoming Meta events to show off new products and services. Alongside the aforementioned Conversations event happening this month, Meta has also confirmed that the Connect event will be happening later this year to reveal new VR games.
We still want to know when the metaverse will be ready for the public, especially with all these companies investing so much money into it. Hopefully, the additional time from canceling a big developer event pays off but that remains to be seen. Maybe they’ll cancel next year’s F8 event too, you never know.