Meta Vice President of Metaverse Vishal Shah acknowledged that Horizon Worlds, the flagship app that Meta uses to showcase the potential of its metaverse, still has many issues that affect its usability. In a recent memo, Shah explains that even Meta employees aren’t using the app as much and hints at setting time quotas for employees’ presence on the platform.
Horizon Worlds Buggy, recognizes the Meta executive
Meta’s metaverse push is facing some issues, with execs now criticizing Horizon Worlds and the state of the platform’s flagship metaverse app. According to the Verge, Meta’s metaverse vice president Vishal Shah referenced the quality issues facing the platform.
The executive acknowledged the poor state of Horizon Worlds currently and proposed to tackle the bugs in a “quality lockdown phase” that would run until the end of the current year. Shah explained that the goal of this move would be “to make sure we fix our quality gaps and performance issues before we open up Horizon to more users.”
Horizon Worlds is the app designed to appeal to users who currently purchase the Meta Quest brand of VR headsets, which are, at the time of writing, the only way to experience these worlds. The company hinted at the launch of the platform for web environments but has not provided more information on the subject.
Lack of ‘love’ from employees
For Mark Zuckerberg, the idea of the metaverse and the importance it will have in the future are essential for the growth of the company. In July, Meta reported losing $2.8 billion as a result of the lackluster performance of its metaverse division, Reality Labs. Shah also believes this concept is strong and meaningful. In the memorandum he stated:
Since its launch late last year, we’ve seen that the core thesis of Horizon Worlds, a synchronous social network where creators can create engaging worlds, is solid.
However, company employees actively avoided spending time on the platform, as of the writing of this memo on September 15. A follow-up memo sent out on September 30 confirmed that the situation was still present, with Shah hinting at the establishment of Quotas for employees to access Horizon Worlds.
Shah tried to entice the employees, stating:
Everyone in this organization should make it their mission to fall in love with Horizon Worlds. You can’t do that without using it. Get in there. Organize times to do it with your colleagues or friends.
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