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Meta’s Connect conference held earlier this week had announcements ranging from the new $1,500 Quest Pro headset to the company’s partnership with Microsoft to bring productivity tools to VR. Probably one of the most talked about updates, though, was that Meta is finally bringing legs to his virtual avatars.

Until now, users of Horizon Worlds – which is the virtual world experience of Meta – had legless torsos in the name of avatars. Many thought it strange that their bodies just floated without legs in digital space. (Watch the video below to see what these avatars look like.)

The Connect conference demo presented by Mark Zuckerberg had the avatars of him and another Meta exec Aigerim Shorman jumping around and kicking. However, Meta’s demo of legs had a catch: it used motion capture technology rather than VR-based tracking to make that possible.

Meta told Ian Hamilton from uploadVR that it had used animation for the demo. “To enable this preview of what’s to come, the segment featured animations created from motion capture,” the company told the publication.

Capturing leg movements from a VR device worn on your head is difficult. Even Microsoft has struggled to include paws in its early version of his virtual world experiences. While some VR experiences show virtual legs, they can’t actually track the real-time movements of your own legs — and users have a mixed reaction to that.

We may have to wait next year to get Meta’s leg-equipped avatars into the Horizon World. Plus, if UploadVR noted, the company shows the derived position of other people’s legs, but you may not be able to see your own avatar’s legs.

So virtual world legs may not be as good as real legs for a while. As Mark Zuckerberg said during the presentation, “Seriously, legs are hard!”


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