Meta is introducing Horizon Worlds in France and Spain in an effort to increase the market share of its social virtual reality platform. This builds on the three existing markets, the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., where it is already available. In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg announced the debut and mentioned that the program would be expanded to more nations.
In the United States and Canada, Meta released Horizon Worlds last year for all users over the age of 18, and in June it became accessible to users in the United Kingdom. In April, it also revealed that it was developing a web version that would enable users to interact with virtual worlds without a VR equipment.
Aside from these security features, the company has recently expanded the Horizon Worlds platform with controls for voice communication and four-foot personal boundaries around avatars
One of the VR social apps offered by Meta, which aspires to create a metaverse made up of numerous such virtual worlds, is Horizon Worlds. The company anticipates that customers would hang out with their pals there more frequently and perhaps spend money on in-app purchases.
In the previous few quarters, the corporation has heavily invested in developing the metaverse since changing its name from Facebook to Meta. The company saw its first-ever quarterly sales decline in Q2 2022, but it remains confident that its gamble on the metaverse will succeed. The Horizon Worlds app had more than 300,000 monthly users, according to Meta in February.
Clearly, this will be a highly expensive project over the next years. Zuckerberg stated this during the Q2 2022 quarterly earnings call. “But as the metaverse becomes more important in every aspect of how we live, from our social platforms to entertainment, work, and commerce, I’m confident that we’re going to be happy that we played an important role in building this.”