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Mark Zuckerberg Announces ‘Major Graphics Updates’ After Being Mocked For His Own VR Avatar
Mark Zuckerberg promised a major update to Horizon and avatar graphics in a Facebook post after being mocked by netizens for posting his own VR Avatar. This comes days after Zuckerberg shared a screenshot of images from Horizon Worlds, a meta version of the company.
The screenshot showed Zuckerberg’s avatar in front of the Eiffel Tower and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia cathedral. The images were shared alongside the announcement that Horizon Worlds will launch in France and Spain. According to The Verge, users on Twitter mocked the low-resolution graphics, calling it “amateur.”
In response to the memes, Zuckerberg said the company was working on graphics. On Friday, he posted some new screenshots on Facebook and Instagram, the photos are more realistic versions of him and look quite realistic. “I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic – it was taken very quickly to celebrate the launch. The graphics in Horizon can do so much more – even on headsets – and Horizon is improving very quickly,” he wrote.
It should be noted that Meta changed its name from Facebook to Meta in October. Facebook’s attempt to rebrand itself was meant to align with its focus on building a meta version, which CEO Zuckerberg sees becoming a reality sooner or later. And Facebook, which also owns the Oculus VR gaming platform, does not want to be left behind in the race to be part of the metaversion. The rebranding followed the 2014 acquisition of Oculus, which makes VR headsets with an emphasis on gaming, for $2 billion.
Meanwhile, the metaverse arm missed earnings for the second quarter in a row. According to Reality Labs, Metaverse reported a profit of $452 million, down from $695 million in the previous quarter. The division previously reported a loss of $2.9 billion in the first quarter of 2022.