A TOP Facebook exec has revealed when we can expect to see the metaverse in full swing – and it's not as far away as you may think.
The new virtual world could be ready to live in within five to 10 years.
Ruth Bram made the prediction during the tech giant's gaming showcase, revealing some of the latest VR innovations.
Mark Zuckerberg's Meta firm is spearheading the major tech project, which could one day see us all socialising, working and playing in an endless 3D virtual universe.
And gaming has long been the starting point.
"We think the metaverse will build on this foundation to become the next generation of the internet and the next evolution in social technology," Bram said.
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"Both the hardware and software need more work, and it may take five to 10 years to fully bring it to life."
The other big hurdle is getting the metaverse to work universally across different apps and devices, so you can own virtual objects and move them wherever you like.
So far, most companies have jumped on the idea developing their own thing.
We've already seen big restaurant chains hop across, and even a fashion week event.
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Experts think some 5billion users will enter it by 2030.
And it could be a $8trillion (£6.1trillion) to $13trillion (£9.9trillion) opportunity in just eight years.
But for all that to happen, kit to enter the metaverse will need to come down in price.
Meta's own headset, the Quest 2, currently costs £299/$299.
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