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Wednesday, September 27, 2023


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Martin K.

For me, the most important take-home message from the first day of Meta Connect 2023 is this: Horizon Worlds is all but dead.

Sure, it was mentioned, but not as the future of social VR but as one of many social VR apps in the Quest store. And once you let Horizon Worlds compete with Roblox on equal footing, we all know what is going to happen next.

Another reason to believe in the near end of Horizon Worlds is that all links to Horizon Worlds on Meta's website are now redirecting to the app store instead of the former Horizon Worlds website (parts of which are still accessible: https://www.oculus.com/horizon-worlds/learn/ and https://www.oculus.com/horizon-worlds/community/ - but note that even there all links to "Meta Horizon Worlds" direct to the page in the app store).

Frankly, I feel bad for all the people still working on and in Horizon Worlds.

Martin K.

More evidence that Meta's "Road to the Metaverse" does not include "Horizon Worlds" (literally): https://www.meta.com/en-gb/blog/quest/connect-2023-quest-3-ai-ray-ban-smart-glasses-metaverse


Only 20 million sold? ONLY? And that's means it's a failure ?
Seeing as it was launched in 2020 not long before the Xbox X, which has sold just over 21 Million, and the Quest 2 is a much more,niche product than a gaming console, I don't think that's bad do you?
Does anyone consider the Xbox X a failure?
VR is a different market, mainly enthusiasts despite what everyone likes to think and although the market is still young, the Quest line is still the most successful headset of its kind.
The Quest 3 has much improved optics for AR experiences,improved design, depth sensor and superior lenses, all things that people have been wanting over the poor black and white passthrough and low quality AR with the Quest 2. Almost everyone that has tried it have reported a huge improvement. And perhaps you could address the fact that it's not playing catch up to Apple, the Quest 3 has been worked on long before Apple announced the Vision Pro. Even though the Vision is a superior product, it's aimed at high end consumers, much like their high end phones costing 1000's of dollars.
For it's price, $499 is pretty remarkable. No one bats an eyelid at that price for a phone, a game console or other high end gadgets, but for a VR headset? OMG, what are Meta thinking!

Martin K.

Yet more evidence that Horizon Worlds is all but dead: the official YouTube channel of Horizon Worlds (called @MetaHorizonWorlds) stopped posting new videos 11 months ago.

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