Horizon Worlds, the “Metaverse” à la Facebook, should arrive in France this summer

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Horizon Worlds, the “Metaverse” à la Facebook, should arrive in France this summer

In an email sent on May 12, Meta informs Oculus headset owners that it will be merging its Horizon Venues and Horizon Worlds apps on June 6. The latter is only available in the United States and Canada, but its expansion to other countries is imminent.

Launching in the United States and Canada in December 2021, the Metaverse Horizon Worlds is about to cross the oceans. This application, which is in a way what comes closest to the definition of the metaverse according to Mark Zuckerberg, consists of a gigantic virtual world in which different people coexist who can participate in different activities, just by going from one place to another. Horizon Worlds is for the moment exclusive to virtual reality but, eventually, should appear elsewhere (on the web, on smartphones, etc.). Let’s see it as a kind of sims life-size, with real people.

Today, Meta offers different applications in its Oculus universe. Some are similar to the metaverse, we had tested them a few weeks ago. Among them there is Horizon Venuesa kind of museum where you can meet to take part in cultural activities together. Venues will close on June 6.

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Venues will become a Worlds app

why close Horizon Venues ? It’s quite logical in Mark Zuckerberg’s vision. His metaverse dream is only possible if everything is in one place. Venueswhich allows to attend concerts, events or visit exhibitions, has its place in the form of a museum in Horizon Worlds. Thus, Meta has every interest in killing this application to integrate it into its main experience. Horizon Worlds is also monetized, which Horizon Venues is not. Soon paid events, like real concerts?

The email sent by Meta to its customers.  // Source: Capture Numerama
The email sent by Meta to its customers. // Source: Capture Numerama

Horizon Worlds coming soon elsewhere

What will happen for the French regulars of Horizon Venues ? (There are, we had come across a few during our test). As of June 6, they will no longer have access to the application. This closure will last at least several weeks since it is only this summer that the museum should reopen its doors in France. Without giving more details, Meta indicates to foresee “to expand access to Horizon Worlds in other countries this summer. ». France should be part of this extension, unless there is a very big surprise.

This is the interface of Horizon Venues (screenshots are prohibited, hence the poor quality).  // Source: Numerama
This is the interface of Horizon Venues (screenshots are prohibited, hence the poor quality). // Source: Numerama

In 2022, Meta should accelerate its metaverse strategy. In addition to expanding Horizon Worlds to new activities and new devices, it will launch the “Cambria” headset, which is more high-end and designed for mixed reality. The latter could, perhaps, allow Horizon Worlds to integrate the real world a little more by juxtaposing real images on top.

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