Facebook’s attempt at a VR metaverse is all about building your own experience.
It appears as though the rumors regarding a new VR social space from Facebook were true, as the company today unveiled Facebook: Horizon, a new social VR world that allows Oculus Quest and Rift users to meet and mingle in a virtual space, play games, and even create their own experiences.
Each player begins their experience by designing their personal avatar using a variety of face and body options. They’ll then enter the world via the town square, a starting hub where they can become familiar with the experience and chat with other players. From the square, the experience expands into a massive world where players can participate in a variety of activities and events or create their own. One activity shown is Wingstrikers, a competitive multiplayer aerial game that has players controlling their aircraft as if it were a toy.
“But that’s just the beginning,” states Oculus in an official blog post. “People will also jump into various other Horizon worlds, built using the World Builder, a collection of easy-to-use creator tools. Everyone will have the power to build new worlds and activities, from tropical hangout spots to interactive action arenas, all from scratch—no previous coding experience needed. Whether people choose to build, play, or simply hang out, Horizon will ensure a welcoming environment through new safety tools and human guides—Horizon Locals—to answer questions and provide assistance, if needed.”
Launching sometime in 2020, Facebook Horizon will replace Facebook Spaces and Oculus Rooms which will both be shutting down beginning October 25th. It’s clear that Facebook is aiming for a more centralized social experience with Horizon, one that will lean heavily on not only the company itself, but user-generated content as well. A beta has been confirmed for early 2020, with all OC6 attendees being guaranteed immediate access. Sign-ups for the program can be found here.
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