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Meta Cancels F8 Developer Convention This 12 months to "construct the metaverse" – Street to VR 8

Meta is once more cancelling its F8 developer convention this 12 months. Meta skipped F8 in 2020 and 2021 explicitly as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, nonetheless this 12 months the corporate says it’s taking a pause to work on the metaverse.

“Just like years previous, we’re taking a short break in programming and won’t maintain F8 in 2022 whereas we gear up on new initiatives which might be all tailor-made in the direction of the subsequent chapter of the web, and the subsequent chapter of our firm too: constructing the metaverse,” says Meta’s Diego Duarte Moreira in a blogpost. “Just like the early levels of the net, constructing the metaverse will probably be a collaborative effort at each stage – with different corporations, creators and builders such as you.”

Meta says it’s nonetheless holding a enterprise messaging occasion referred to as Conversations on Might 19th, which it says is devoted to companies, builders and companions fascinated by constructing “higher and sooner experiences on the preferred messaging platforms.”

It additionally says Join, its annual XR developer convention, continues to be being held in accordance with plan later this 12 months, the place Meta is slated to serve up extra perception into its newest work on VR, AR, and metaverse platform.

The corporate introduced again in October 2021 at Join it was pivoting to put extra emphasis on XR by turning into a “metaverse firm,” and rebranding from Fb to Meta.

In years previous, Meta (then Fb) used F8 as a approach of constructing hype for XR in its wider developer group. At F8 2019, the corporate introduced it was releasing pre-orders for each the unique Oculus Quest and Rift S, and that everybody on the convention would obtain a free Quest. On the occasion in 2018, the corporate additionally gave away Oculus Go, the corporate’s final 3DOF headset.

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