Ahead of global deployment, Horizon uses immersive portals to combine Metaverse services.
Last Friday, Meta announced the unification of its Horizon Metaverse platform, including the virtual reality (VR) services Worlds and Venues, under one roof for Meta Quest 2 users.
Meta achieves this by creating portals in each Metaverse service that users walk into to transport themselves into one of two Horizon environments. Meta also operates Horizon Workrooms, an enterprise-grade remote meeting and collaboration service, but the Menlo Park-based firm has not confirmed portals for Workrooms.
In June, Meta will publicly deploy its portals that connect the Metaverse platforms. The Horizon portals enable Meta Quest users to enjoy Venue-exclusive immersive live events, like concerts or stand-up comedy shows, within a dedicated space on Horizon Worlds. Users will not have to leave their shared Horizon environment to enjoy immersive content together.
Additionally, Meta will soon allow users to watch replays of immersive live events via the firm’s Oculus TV application for the Quest.
The Horizon portal service will debut on June 8th 2022. Although, with the portal update, Horizon users between the ages of 13 – 17, or Quest 1 owners, will no longer be able to access Venues as a standalone service and instead will have to go through the Worlds application.
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