Mark Zuckerberg recently shared a selfie to commemorate the expansion of Meta’s boring virtual reality platform, Horizon Worlds, into France and Spain. The graphic, which depicted the boyish CEO in front of a low-resolution model of the Eiffel Tower, quickly sparked sneers, jeers, and sighs from quick-witted social media users. And, to be honest, who can blame them?
If the image offended you — and I think it’s understandable given Meta’s influence over our virtual past and present — take heart: Mark Zuckerberg hears you. He notices you. And, he basically says, the metaverse will not look like that. At least not indefinitely.
“Major updates to Horizon and avatar graphics are on the way.” “I’ll have more to say at Connect,” the CEO wrote on Instagram on Friday, referring to Meta’s upcoming developer conference. “Also, I realize the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic — it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch,” the executive added, displaying humanity. The blunder mirrored something all too common: posting a late-night selfie only to regret it the next morning.
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The Meta boss’ response included another avatar and an ancient-looking cafe, complete with fine details that are more Pixar and less e-card. After that, the metaverse Zuckerberg assured his followers that Meta’s graphics and avatars are “capable of much more — even on headsets — and Horizon is improving.”