Accessible in the US and Canada from the end of 2021, then in several European countries from this summer, the platform is now open to France and Spain.
The arrival of Horizon Worlds in France was eagerly awaited by those interested in the Metaverse, both for the importance that Mark Zuckerberg attaches to this type of platform and for the controversies that quickly marred the party.
An “Immersive Social Experience”
The Mater CEO announced the news on his Facebook account on Tuesday: “We’re launching Horizon Worlds in France and Spain today! Can’t wait for people to explore and create immersive worlds and expand it to other countries soon. » In a press release, Horizon Worlds is presented as a “Immersive Social Experience” Do activities with friends or family in virtual reality, attend cultural events or even create your own virtual world and share it with others.
If the platform itself is free to use, a virtual reality headset Meta Quest 2 is a must-have right now. However, the company revealed last April that a mobile version would be released later in the year. You also need a Facebook account to access it, but this should also evolve with the creation of Meta Accounts announced for this month. At the beginning of the year, the company was delighted to cross the 300,000 user mark, a number that will further increase with this launch in Europe.
A toxic environment?
What may turn off some users – especially female users – are the various sexual harassment scandals and lack of moderation that have quickly tarnished Horizon Worlds’ image. An issue that Meta is well aware of, since a large portion of the press release is devoted to regulations and the various safeguards that users can deploy. In particular, it is a question of setting a personal limit so as not to approach too closely or “Voice Mode” Only listen to people added to friends list.
Augmented and virtual realities are playing an increasingly important role in meta communication. The opening of Horizon World in five new countries (UK, Ireland, Iceland, France and Spain) this summer is further evidence of the company’s acceleration in this direction. Until replacing Facebook and Instagram in a few years?