Internal documents from Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Meta, were leaked this week revealing that its Horizon Worlds metaverse is “not appealing even to the company’s employees.
In an internal memo, Horizon Worlds VP Vishal Shah stated that the team working on the metaverse will remain in a “quality lockdown” for the remainder of 2022 to “fix our quality gaps and performance issues before opening the platform to more users.”
Shah said that since the launch of Horizon Worlds in late 2021, the metaverse’s leadership has said that the core goal of the project is to create a social network where engaging worlds can be built.
“Currently, we have heard feedback from our creators and users expressing stability issues and bugs that make it difficult for our community to 100% experience the magic of Horizon. Simply put, to have an enjoyable experience in Horizon Worlds, it must first be usable and well-designed,” Shah said in the memo.
While Meta has made facetious jokes about its work on more realistic avatars, Horizon Worlds’ graphical quality doesn’t compare to some of its non-VR competitors like Fortnite.
Mark Zuckerberg himself was memified after posting a screenshot of his Horizon Worlds avatar to celebrate the launch of this metaverse for Quest users in France and Spain.
He then spread the image of a more advanced avatar, saying he would share “important Horizon Worlds updates” at the upcoming annual Meta conference, scheduled for next Tuesday, October 11.
Why isn’t Horizon Worlds moving forward?
According to Horizon Worlds vice president Vishal Shah, one of the impediments that have kept the Meta metaverse from developing is that users who participate in the platform aren’t using it very often.
“Many of us don’t spend that much time on Horizon Worlds and our statistics bear that out quite clearly,” Shah stressed to Meta employees on Sept. 15.
“Why does that happen, why don’t we love the product we’ve built all this time? The truth is, if it doesn’t appeal to us, how can we expect our users to love it?” he added.
Vishal Shah warned that Meta is developing a plan to “hold its managers accountable” to get their teams to use Horizon Worlds at least once a week.
“Everyone in this organization must make it their mission to fall in love with Horizon Worlds. They should organize times to log on to the platform with their colleagues or friends to interact with our community,” he said.
He noted that onboarding new users on the platform “is still confusing and frustrating.”
About Horizon Worlds
Horizon is a virtual reality metaverse, which allows you to live social experiences where you can explore, play, create and meet people from all over the world.
This metaverse has several interaction possibilities. So far Horizon Worlds already has 300,000 users on the platform.
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