“I’m here to announce that as long as you put on the Quest 2 headset, you can let people hang out with you in a social setting,” Zuckerberg said in a video.
Meta is also working on letting people create their own virtual worlds in which to host avatar parties, Zuckerberg said.
But the platform does allow people to meet friends or others online, play games and immerse themselves in 360-degree videos.
Earlier this year, Facebook’s parent company, Meta, set a minimum distance between user avatars in its virtual reality Horizon network after receiving reports of harassment, one of the sticking points for its Metaverse vision.
The “personal boundary” feature in the immersive platform places a circle of space around the user’s digital agent.
Facebook changed its parent company’s name to Meta in October to underscore its goal of moving from the scandal-plagued social media platform to its future vision of virtual reality.
The company’s metaverse push also includes remote work tools that have flourished during the pandemic.
Facebook acquired virtual reality headset maker Oculus in 2014.
The technology has taken off in the gaming industry and is popular among players of Fortnite and Roblox.