Facebook Announces Beta Launch of ‘Horizon’ VR Social Experience

With virtual reality gradually becoming more mainstream, accelerated by increased take-up amid the COVID-19 lockdowns[1], Facebook has announced[2] that its new social VR experience platform, called ‘Horizon’, is now moving into closed beta.

As you can see from the video, Horizon is essentially a sandbox creation tool for social VR, where users can interact and engage with the virtual environment.

As explained by Facebook[3]:

Horizon invites you to explore an ever-expanding universe of virtual experiences designed and built by the entire community. Everything you see in Horizon, including the Plaza and worlds created by our teams at Facebook, has been built with the Horizon creation tools. In Horizon, you can build the things you want to see and places you want to visit.”

Facebook first announced Horizon at its Oculus Connect event[4] in September last year, where it showcased the first stages of the new platform.

It’s advanced significantly since then, with the new Horizon platform taking over from Facebook ‘Spaces’, its original VR social environment.

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