An update to the Quest virtual reality headset allows users to invite their friends into their “virtual home”.
A place to hang out with friends, watch movies together, and launch multiplayer experiences in the metaverse. This will soon be possible in Horizon Home, the meta-environment users see as soon as they put on their Quest virtual reality headset. It could look like a terrace in the mountains, a space station or a cyberpunk dwelling, with the company’s next headset update it will soon be possible to invite friends to this “virtual house”.
Mark Zuckerberg demonstrated this in a video posted to Facebook on June 10. His avatar discusses it with that of Alex Honnold, an American professional rock climber. From this “virtual house” they immerse themselves in a 360-degree film sequence in which the climber scales a rock face in the Dolomites. Horizon Home will also be customizable, allowing users to make it their own space. “Your corner of the metaverse should reflect you and your personality”said Meta at the Connect conference last October.
The need to protect users
According to the boss of Meta, more options to customize this house are being developed. The company also plans to add more features to Horizon Home. This space will therefore be another virtual reality social platform, just like Horizon Worlds. The company is currently developing its Metaverse, but is already facing problems such as sexual harassment. Several users have claimed to be victims of it on the company’s platforms. Meta then deployed a Personal Frontier last February to combat this issue. From a distance of four meters, it prevents avatars from getting too close. Strange but true.
The California-based group just announced another feature rolling out in the coming weeks to protect users in Horizon Worlds from people they don’t know. Dubbed “Vocal Mode,” users can choose how they hear people who aren’t on their friends list. It gives you the ability to switch to “scrambled voices” that resemble unintelligible noises. Strangers will then see an ad letting them know that a person can’t hear them so they don’t feel like they’re being ignored. Users can also choose not to hear these unwanted conversations at all.