It’s 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 an image of Zuckerberg’s avatar, with the pale, empty look of a Victorian ghost, taking a selfie for simple views of the Eiffel Tower and the Basílica de la Sagrada Família. Then commentators and internet residents immersed in the image throughout the week, with the cartoonish graphics. Probably not the desired response to a project that should 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-esque environment. In the post, he admitted that “the photo I posted earlier this week was quite simple – it was taken very quickly to celebrate the launch.” Zuckerberg added: Horizon Worlds is ‘capable of much more’.
In these images it is is doing look better. There is lighting this time and his avatar’s face has a real expression. It still doesn’t really look like a place appealing to spend time, but I suppose that’s all in the eye of the beholder.
Horizon Worlds is available on Quest VR headsets. It grew to 300,000 users in the first two months of its launch in December 2021, and in February, Horizon Worlds Twitter account posted that more than 10,000 worlds were created — though Meta hasn’t been clear about how it plans to moderate the growing platform.
Meta is currently expanding Horizon Worlds offer, including bringing it to mobile phones. Horizon Worlds also rolled out “in-world purchases” for a “handful” of creators, making it more like Roblox. By the way, the initial of Zuckerberg Horizon Worlds image was very much like that particular gaming platform aimed at kids.