Executives at Meta have been criticizing Horizon Worlds and the state of the platform’s flagship metaverse app.
The VP of Metavers for Meta, Vishal Shah, admitted that Horizon Worlds, the app used to demonstrate the potential of Meta, has a number of usability issues.
Acknowledging The Issues
A Horizon Worlds executive acknowledged that the platform is in a poor state at present, and proposed to address bugs during a “quality lockdown phase” that would last until the end of this year.
Shah stressed that the objective of this is to “ensure that we fix our quality gaps and performance issues before we open up Horizon to more users.”
The app Horizon Worlds was designed for users who are buying Meta Quest brand VR headsets, which are the only way to experience these worlds at the time of writing.
Despite hints that the platform would be launched for web environments, no further information has been provided.
Employees Avoid Spending Time on The Platform
A lackluster performance by Meta’s metaverse division, Reality Labs, led to a loss of $2.8 billion in July. Additionally, Shah considers this concept to be significant and strong.
“Since launching late last year, we have seen that the core thesis of Horizon Worlds — a synchronous social network where creators can build engaging worlds — is strong,” said Shah in the memo.
The company’s employees, however, avoided spending time on the platform, as of September 15, when this memo was written.
The situation remained in place on September 30, with Shah indicating that Horizon Worlds would have quotas for employees.
He said, “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 time to do it with your colleagues or friends.”