In an effort to expand its virtual reality social platform, Horizon Worlds, Meta is launching it today in France and Spain – building on its existing three markets, including the US, Canada and the UK where it was already available. In a Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg announced the launch with an unappealing photo and noted that it plans to expand the platform to more countries.
Meta launched Horizon Worlds for all users over 18 in the US and Canada last year and made it available to UK users in June. In April, it also said it was working on a web version to let people experience virtual worlds without owning a VR headset.
In recent months, the company has also added security features such as voice chat controls and 4-foot personal limits around avatars in the Horizon Worlds platform.
Horizon Worlds is just one of the social VR apps offered by Meta, which has a vision of building a metaverse made up of many such virtual worlds. The company expects users to spend more time hanging out with their friends in these virtual spaces and even spend money on in-app goods. But the company is still a long way from achieving all this.
Since Facebook’s rebrand to Meta, the company has spent a lot of money building the metaverse in recent quarters. The company experienced its first-ever quarterly revenue decline in the second quarter of 2022, but was optimistic about its metaverse commitment bearing fruit. In February, Meta said that the Horizon World app… more than 300,000 monthly users.
“Obviously this is a very expensive undertaking for the coming years. But as the metaverse becomes more important in every part of how we live, from our social platforms, to entertainment, to work, and education and commerce, I’m confident we’ll be pleased to have played a significant role in building this,” Zuckerberg said during Q2 2022 quarterly earnings.
In April, Zuckerberg said the company lost $3 billion from building metaverse, but he hoped it will all come to fruition by 2030.