- Mark Zuckerberg has pledged to overhaul the company’s flagship metaverse app Horizon Worlds have deep criticisms across the web.
- Some people attacked the business, comparing the images displayed to available technology before 2000.
- He confessed that the digital selfie was pretty basic, but it was because they took the picture in haste to celebrate a launch.
Mark Zuckerberg, the CEO of social networking and VR firm Meta, states that major updates are coming to Horizon Worlds, Meta’s metaverse-focused app, to make it more immersive and aesthetically stunning for users.
In addition to sharing the announcement, Zuckerberg also displayed the new aesthetic look that the network will employ going forward in an Instagram post.
He affirmed, “The graphics in Horizon are capable of much more — even on headsets — and Horizon is improving very quickly.”
The makeover was in response to the outrage that started with a picture of his avatar used to mark the debut of Horizon Worlds in Spain and France. Some users deemed the selfie outdated because of the plain visuals.
Influencers, columnists, and people criticized Meta for the image’s visuals. The New York Times’s Kevin Roose said, “It’s genuinely puzzling that Meta spent more than $10 billion on VR last year, and the graphics in its flagship app still look worse than a 2008 Wii game.”
It’s genuinely puzzling that Meta spent more than $10 billion on VR last year and the graphics in its flagship app still look worse than a 2008 Wii game. https://t.co/IOwqsrrfKj
— Kevin Roose (@kevinroose) August 16, 2022
Others attacked the business, comparing the images displayed to available technology before 2000 like the American activist Emily Gorcenski who stated: ‘Come work for Meta, where the most brilliant technologists of the day have achieved 1995-level graphics.’
Zuckerberg clarified that he understands that the digital selfie’s visuals “was pretty basic,” but it was because they took the picture “very quickly to celebrate a launch.”
The criticism coincided with Meta’s substantial financial investment in Reality Labs. Despite having more than $400 million in sales in Q2 2022, the unit lost $2.8 billion during that same quarter. To continue funding its activities, including its metaverse subsidiary, the corporation issued $10 billion in bonds earlier this month.