Things are already changing in the metaverse.
Meta will move the event spaces from its Horizon Venues VR app to the Horizon Worlds platform on June 6, and that’s not the only change expected for the nascent VR platform.
For starters, Meta is getting rid of the standalone Horizon Venues app the same day, which will cause some groups to lose access to the event space. If you are under the age of 18 and live outside the United States or Canada, for example, the new location feature will not be available.
The same goes for people who still play on old virtual reality headsets Quest 1: They will also lose access. You will still have access to events via Oculus TV app, so you can watch replays at a later date.
Players outside the US and Canada will not wait too long. Meta also announced that the new Horizon Worlds will be released in other countries sometime this summer.
Horizons Worlds launched for all users over the age of 18 in December 2021 and saw cool reviews. Some critics have praised what Meta is striving for in its first experience in the world of VR. Horizon Worlds has been criticized for being boring, with medium graphics and long charging times. The open VR gaming space has some interesting ideas, but ultimately pales in comparison to other VR titles.
But the grim reviews did not dampen Meta’s enthusiasm for Horizon Worlds. The company has spent a lot of money to get famous musicians of venues like Foo Fighters, which have played numerous shows in the digital space.
And in a blog post from mid-AprilMeta has announced that it will allow certain creators to build assets for Horizon Worlds and allow them to sell them for real money. However, the publication failed to specify how much creators can charge for their assets, and only later did Meta confirm that it would take a 47.5% discount on transactions.
Meta does not hesitate to expand into new territories. This essentially takes a page out of Microsoft’s Project Cambria book. Like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2, Project Cambria will be a work-related VR headset. But instead of focusing on industrial or medical fields, Meta’s new headphones will be designed for office workers. Instead of meeting in Slack, ideally you would set up Project Cambria for a meeting in the digital world.
But most of what is known about Project Cambria has been through leaks and the occasional statement from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Like the Venues update, the world will not know its full potential until the day of its release.