Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Metaverse Memes With A Redesign

Zuckerberg debuted Horizon Worlds, a social virtual reality app in France and Spain earlier this week, sharing a somewhat flat, crazy digital avatar for an animated Eiffel Tower and la Sagrada Família.

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The internet jumped right in and scoffed at what many users considered to be (hopefully) preliminary images for a company that has spent Meta at least $10 billion in the past year.
New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose compared the graphics to “worse than a 2008 Wii gameSlate used the term “butt cheeks”. Twitter was less friendly: “dazzlingly ugly” and “an international laughingstock” popped up. Many compared it to images from the early 90s, pointing out how lifeless and childish the Zuckerberg- selfie It quickly won the “dead eye” designation.

Well, Zuckerberg apparently saw the memes, because on Friday he announced major updates coming — along with new avatar graphics. Zuckerberg posted a photo of his more sophisticated avatar on Facebook and Instagram.

“I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty simple — it was taken really quickly to celebrate a launch,” Zuckerberg wrote in the caption, adding that the images in Horizon “are capable of much more.” and that it is “improving” very quickly.”

Zuckerberg added that he will share more details at Connect, the company’s annual conference, which took place last October.

Facebook planned to spend at least $10 billion on Facebook Reality Labs by 2021, devoting significant resources to its augmented and virtual reality products and services in its third-quarter results last year.

Horizon Worlds, from Meta for the Quest headset, is already available in the US, Canada and the UK.

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