It has been a busy week for Meta. On Monday, Mark Zuckerberg announced via Facebook that Meta would be launched Horizon Worlds, the company’s social metaverse platform, in France and Spain. The Facebook post was accompanied by a photo of Zuckerberg’s avatar, with the pale, blank look of a Victorian ghost, taking a selfie in front of basic renderings of the Eiffel Tower and the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Commentators and internet denizens later pounded on the picture throughout the week, calling out the cartoonish graphics. Probably not the desired reaction to a project meant to usher in the digital future.
On Friday, Mark Zuckerberg shared an update on Horizon Worlds, complete with a new version of his avatar and a rendering of an ancient Rome-style room. In the post, he admitted that “the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic ̵[ads1]1; it was taken very quickly to celebrate the launch.” Zuckerberg added that Horizon Worlds is “capable of much more”.
In these pictures it is do look better. There’s light this time, and his avatar’s face has an actual expression. It still doesn’t exactly look like an attractive place to spend time, but I guess it’s all in the eye of the beholder.
Horizon Worlds is available on the Quest VR headset. It grew to 300,000 users in the first two months of its launch in December 2021, and in February Horizon Worlds The Twitter account posted it more than 10,000 worlds had been created – Although Meta has not been clear about how it plans to moderate the growing platform.
The meta is currently being expanded Horizon Worlds deals, including bringing it to mobile phones. Horizon Worlds also rolled out “in-world purchases” for a “handful” of creators, which would make it more Roblox-like. By the way, Zuckerberg’s initial Horizon Worlds the picture looked a lot like the special gaming platform aimed at children.