Things are already changing in the metaverse.
Meta will move event spaces from its Horizon Venues VR app to the Horizon Worlds platform on June 6, and that’s not the only change in store for the fledgling 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’re under 18 and live outside the United States or Canada, for example, the new Venues feature will be inaccessible.
The same goes for people who are still playing on the old Quest 1 virtual reality headset: they will also lose access. However, you will still have access to events through the Oculus TV app, so you can catch reruns at a later date.
Players outside the US and Canada won’t have to wait too long. Meta also announced that the new Horizon Worlds will be rolling out to other countries this summer.
Horizons Worlds launched for all users over 18 in December 2021 to mixed reviews. Some reviewers enjoyed Meta’s lenses in its world-first VR experience. Horizon Worlds has been criticized for being boring, having poor graphics, and long loading times. The open space VR game has some interesting ideas, but it ultimately pales in comparison to other VR titles.
But lackluster reviews haven’t dampened Meta’s enthusiasm for Horizon Worlds. The company has shelled out big bucks to get big-name musical artists onto Venues, like the Foo Fighters who have played multiple shows in the digital space.
And in a mid-April blog post, Meta announced that it would allow certain creators to create assets for Horizon Worlds and sell them for real money. However, the message failed to say how much creators can charge for their assets and it was only later that Meta confirmed that it would take a 47.5% discount on transactions.
Meta does not hesitate to expand into new territories. It’s basically taking a page out of Microsoft’s playbook with Project Cambria. 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 headset will be aimed at office workers. Instead of meeting on Slack, ideally you would put Project Cambria on for a meeting in a digital world.
But most of what is known about Project Cambria comes from leaks and occasional statements from Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Like the Venues update, the world won’t experience the full potential until release day.