Meta announced today that it is integrating its Horizon Venues event experience into its Horizon Worlds virtual reality social platform. Horizon Venues is currently a standalone app for attending live events in VR that uses the same avatars as Horizon Worlds. On June 6th, users will be able to attend these livestreams directly in Horizon Worlds, and the standalone Venues app will be discontinued.
“You can watch your favorite high-profile shows, from live sporting events to concerts by today’s top performers and other artists, and then visit a comedy club, a meditation session, or even host your own get-together—all directly from Horizon Worlds. the company said in a statement. Blog Post about the ad.
Meta says it has been experimenting with portals between Horizon Venues and Horizon Worlds over the past few months and has found that users will be able to seamlessly navigate between them through the integration.
Users over the age of 18 in the US and Canada who have access to Horizon Worlds in Quest 2 will be able to access Venues programs in the Horizon Worlds app on June 6th. Users who are not located in the United States or Canada, are under 18 years of age and/or participate in Quest 1 will lose access to Venues programs when the Venues standalone app is removed on June 6th. Meta notes that these users will still be able to catch highlights and replays of Venues events on Oculus TV.
Horizon Worlds is open to all users over the age of 18 in the US and Canada in December 2021 after the platform has been first announced in 2019. Meta said today that it plans to expand access to Horizon Worlds to more countries this summer.
Today’s news comes from the company’s CTO, Andrew “Bose” Bosworth. disclosed in a tweet that Meta is working on a web version of Horizon Worlds. The extension will allow users to experience Horizon Worlds without using Quest VR headsets, which are currently the only way to access the virtual world. Meta’s plans to launch web and mobile versions of their virtual world could be seen as a way to get more people into Horizon Worlds while avoiding the need for a Quest VR headset.
Meta also recently reported that this is testing a feature that will allow creators to sell virtual items and effects in their worlds. The new feature is being given to a small group of creators to get you started and marks an important next step in the company’s mission to build the foundation of VR social networking.
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