Meta Launches Horizon Worlds in France and Spain, with a Wacky VR Selfie by Mark Zuckerberg
To all fellow Meta investors, here's what your $10 billion futuristic, next Ready Player One metaverse looks like.
Meta rolls out Horizon Worlds in France and Spain
Earlier this week, social media giant Meta announced the launch of Horizon Worlds in France and Spain. Released near the end of 2021, Horizon Worlds is a free virtual reality (VR) online video game that allows users to explore and interact using Oculus Rift S or Oculus Quest 2 VR headsets.
Previously, Meta launched Horizon Worlds in the U.S., U.K., and Canada. With the recent expansion to France and Spain, the company is now looking to bring its metaverse to other countries as well.
In April, Meta said it is working on a web version of Horizon Worlds, which would not require a VR headset to access. The firm also added safety features like voice chat controls and four-foot personal boundaries to avatars after receiving complaints of sexual harassment in its virtual world.
Later, Meta teamed up with BMW Group and the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in June to introduce two new experiences, MINIVerse and Stratoverse in Horizon Worlds.
Now, let's talk about Mark Zuckerberg's VR selfie
To celebrate Horizon Worlds' launch in France and Spain, the CEO of Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, posted a rather wacky VR selfie in front of a low-res image of the Eiffel Tower. This sparked a huge uproar among netizens, with many of them jeering at how laughably bad the graphics were for a metaverse that took a $10 billion investment to build.
It was so bad that even the press couldn't take it. PC Gamer described it as "a worse version of Second Life", while Fortune labeled Mark Zuckerberg's "$10 billion selfie" as an "international laughingstock".
"Major updates to Horizon and avatar graphics coming soon. I'll share more at Connect," said Mark Zuckerberg on Friday amid mounting pressures for an explanation. "Also, I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic -- it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch."
The Meta boss reassured everyone that graphics in Horizon are capable of much more, even on VR headsets. With that, he posted a more fine-looking 3D avatar with an ancient-looking cafe as proof on Instagram. Given all the slip-ups around the $10 billion metaverse, it remains to be seen if Horizon Worlds can live up to its potential.