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Facebook and Oculus: Oh hey! Check out Facebook Horizon! You don’t have to interact with humans IRL ever again!
Yesterday, Oculus unveiled Facebook Horizon, a new social virtual reality (VR) world hitting Oculus Quest and the Rift platform next year. Yes, I wrote what I wrote: Facebook + VR = the future is now.
Check out the reveal video below for a glimpse into this revolutionary — but again, why though, who asked for this — new VR experience that enables players to world-build and live out their entire existence virtually.
I just, I don’t, what just happened? Was it a video game trailer or an ad to join Mark Zuckerberg’s personal cult?
According to the Oculus Blog:
“Before stepping into Horizon for the first time, people will design their own avatars from an array of style and body options to ensure everyone can fully express their individuality. From there, magic-like portals — called telepods — will transport people from public spaces to new worlds filled with adventure and exploration. At first, people will hop into games and experiences built by Facebook, like Wing Strikers, a multiplayer aerial experience.
But that’s just the beginning. People will also jump into various other Horizon worlds, built using the World Builder, a collection of easy-to-use creator tools. Everyone will have the power to build new worlds and activities, from tropical hangout spots to interactive action arenas, all from scratch — no previous coding experience needed. Whether people choose to build, play, or simply hang out, Horizon will ensure a welcoming environment through new safety tools and human guides — Horizon Locals — to answer questions and provide assistance, if needed.”
(This all sounds V interesting but can someone please explain to me why no one has legs? If you go to all the trouble to create such an elaborate VR experience with such customization possible, why not, like, let people have some legs? We all just floating around about the waist in the future? I have many questions.)
The Horizon beta will open early next year. If you don’t mind being leg-less and stepping straight into Ready Player One, you can sign up at oculus.com/facebookhorizon/sign-up to be notified when the beta opens.
Maybe once it’s out of beta, people will be able to walk. Here’s hoping.