Facebook has revealed Horizon, a virtual reality social network

Written 8 months ago by IanDorfman

At the 6th annual Oculus Connect conference, the Facebook-owned virtual reality headset maker and software developer and publisher announced that it is developing a "social VR world" it's calling Facebook Horizon.

Facebook Horizon is, essentially, a Small VRChat iconVRChat alternative with the name and backing of one of the world’s largest social networks behind it. The announcement was complemented by an introductory video that showcases the look and feel of the project. That said, it does little more than showcase the concept and visual identity that it's going for.

The game will allow its players to interact in as simple a way as just using it as a space to hang out with friends or meet new people, to as intricately as designing and building new spaces and activities through what the development team is calling the "World Builder," a collection of tools that are purported to be easy to use.

In order to keep Facebook Horizon safe for users of all ages that can safely wear virtual reality equipment, Facebook will implement human moderators and guides, called Horizon Locals. This is in addition to unspecified "new safety tools" that the social network giant will incorporate as well.

Facebook Horizon is targeting a 2020 launch. In the interim, both Facebook Spaces and Oculus Rooms will shut down on October 25th of this year. People interested in testing out the new virtual reality social network can sign up to be considered for beta access on Facebook Horizon's official website. The game will be available via the Small Oculus Experiences iconOculus Experiences app store for its line of VR headsets, with a page for the game already set up.

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Oculus blog post
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