Meta ‘s Horizon Worlds platform already has 300,000 users in its metaverse .
According to Meta Product Director Chris Cox, the Horizon Worlds metaverse platform has achieved 300,000 monthly users since December after launching in the United States and Canada.
Horizon Worlds first launched as an Oculus social platform called Facebook Horizon in 2019 and was released into beta later on. Users appear as avatars with only their upper bodies and can build their own custom worlds. Earlier this week, Meta announced that 10,000 such worlds have been built so far and its Facebook group for creators tops 20,000.
The 300,000 users are present in both Horizon Worlds and Horizon Venues, a separate live event VR app with the same mechanics, a company spokesperson confirmed. However, it does not include the VR Horizon Workrooms conferencing app.
The company seems intent on avoiding issues like rampant bullying on Facebook, having introduced “personal limits” to Horizon Worlds and Venues earlier this month . It is also working on technical issues as some users were unable to access Horizon Venues during a virtual Foo Fighters concert.
To access these platforms, the user, in addition to being in the two countries mentioned, must have Oculus Quest virtual reality glasses, which have international prices starting at $300 like the Quest 2. Mark Zuckerberg said that Meta planned to bring a version from Horizon Worlds to mobile phones later in 2022 in a bid to expand the user base.
Meta considers virtual reality (VR) as the gateway to the metaverse, but this division of the company results in huge losses.
Reality Labs, in charge of augmented reality and virtual reality in Meta, have lost US$10.2 billion in 2021 , a worrying loss, when in 2020 it cost the company US$6.6 billion in losses.