Two months after its buzzy name change from Facebook, Meta announced a further leap into the “metaverse” Thursday, making the beta version of its multiplayer virtual reality game downloadable to all American and Canadian adults for free.

Meta describes “Horizon World” as ​​a “social VR experience where you can create and explore together,” representing a key component of the company’s expansion into the metaverse.

The metaverse is a vague term, but it represents a shift into augmented and virtual reality spaces on the Internet — including VR gaming — and Meta’s website dubs it the “the next evolution of social connection.

The “Horizon Worlds” beta had previously been downloadable on an invite-only basis.

– Forbes