The Facebook parent, Meta, is moving swiftly with its metaverse commitment with the launch of its virtual reality platform ‘Horizon Worlds’ to users in North America. The recent release is reportedly an extension of the test version launched to select Oculus users last year.
The project, however, is unlike a full-fledged metaverse which would allow people to interact with each other as if they were standing beside the other person. Instead, in Horizon Worlds, users of Meta’s Oculus virtual reality headsets can create a legless avatar to wander in the animated virtual world. There, they can play games and interact with other users’ avatars.
The broader launch of Horizon Worlds is an important step for Facebook, which officially changed its name to Meta in October to lay emphasis on its vision of building a metaverse in future.
The company had also unveiled ‘Horizon Workrooms’ back in August 2021 that enables the users to switch between virtual reality and web conferencing conveniently.
“Our hope is that within the next decade, the metaverse will reach a billion people, host hundreds of billions of dollars of digital commerce, and support jobs for millions of creators and developers,” Zuckerberg wrote in October.
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