Meta releases Horizon Home, making it easier to meet in the metaverse

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Meta founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that Horizon Home will be released as part of the new Quest 2 headset update.

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Despite Meta insisting that VR is the future of social media, Quest 2 still doesn’t support a direct way to communicate. You can join the party with your friends and take a trip to Horizon Worlds, it’s social platform, or you could play a game together, but just… hanging out wasn’t that easy. Now how promised This fall, the Horizon Home feature will allow friends to come visit you in your virtual home.

Avatars of Zuckerberg and Honnold talking in the Horizon Home environment

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Your home is where you put on your headset for the first time, which you can choose from ready-made options like a space station, a Japanese hotel, or a patio overlooking a mountain sunset (whatever you say about the Met, this environment is really deed impressive). With a little fiddling with unlicensing, you can even upload your own environments – one user developed house from The Simpsons. in futureMeta plans to roll out the functionality to create its own environments without the use of third party applications.

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Zuckerberg demonstrated the new feature in a video with rock climber Alex Honnold. They met in Zuckerberg’s home environment (same as mine – what does that say about me?) and then watched a 360-degree video Honnold uploaded while free-climbing 1,000 feet on a cliff in the Dolomites.

Watching Alex climb with Alex’s avatar in VR was cool,” Zuckerberg commented. his own Facebook post.

Avatars of Mark and Alex watch a video of Alex climbing a rock.

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As Meta tries to create a new way to communicate online, its VR apps get under fire per not effective softening harassment, which is unfortunately inherent in any digital forum, but is especially common when placed in an immersive space that lacks the same effects in the real world. Despite the new name, Meta is not the first company to tackle the metaverse. immersive games how Second Life as well as Roblox, users have experienced sexual harassment and assault, so it’s important that Meta has comprehensive security features in place from the start. But historically the company delivery priority products over user safety.

TechCrunch asked Meta what security features are built into Horizon Home when it launches on Quest.

“Party leaders can unilaterally remove guests from both the party and the Meta Horizon home,” a Meta spokesperson said. Any user can use the system level lock option or submit a report. Also, as with other Horizon apps, guests can log out of a social situation with a single click to immediately disconnect from voice chat and the general environment.

“In addition, Meta Horizon Home uses hotspot movement rather than free movement to reduce the chances of user avatars colliding with each other,” the spokesperson added.


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