After testing its Horizon VR sandbox universe with an early group of creators, Facebook is now starting to move some users into an invite-only beta.
Facebook announced its Facebook Horizon social VR universe last September, and started testing it with “an early group of creators.” Now, Facebook is announcing it will start bringing some people from its waitlist into Horizon’s invite-only beta.
Horizon is designed to allow users to explore an ever-expanding universe of virtual experiences designed and built by its community. Specifically, each and everything you see in Horizon has been built with the creation tools found inside Horizon. Facebook says that the tools “can be used to build the things you want to see and places you want to visit.”
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Facebook says it wants to build Horizon to be “as much about meaningful connections as it is about creating VR worlds and expressing yourself,” so many people can gather in large spaces, but right now, only up to eight people can share a space.
Users can meet up with their friends or explore with new people, join a Party to chat together, and check out featured worlds in the Horizon Plaza. They can also search through the already-published worlds in Horizon by name and find new places to explore.
“Walking through your world, and being proud of what you made, has been the most rewarding aspect,” explains Horizon creator Clint Ferguson, who built a jungle-themed adventure world in Horizon. “Easy collaborative building tools bring your ideas to life. Horizon lets you be as detailed and creative as your imagination will allow.”
The Horizon invite-only beta will be available on Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform in the US and Canada in the beginning. If you’re not on the beta waitlist yet, you can add your name here.
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