Meta on Friday revealed that it’s discontinuing the Horizon Venues soon, where it lets artists host virtual events like concerts, live sporting events, comic shows, etc.
This is because the company is integrating it with it’s Horizon Worlds, a social VR platform where users communicate and play games. The change will only affect those who’re currently using it – people aged 18 and above in the US and Canada and having an Oculus Quest 2 headgear.
One Virtual World For Everything
Announced in December last year, Meta’s Horizon Worlds is a social VR platform that makes online interactions fun and arguably more productive. This is currently available for Oculus Quest 2 users aged 18 and above in the US and Canada.
While the company said it’s working to bring this service to more countries this summer, it just announced integrating two key platforms into one! As revealed on Friday, the Horizon Venues will be merged into Horizon Worlds, so users can stream the live events directly on one platform.
This change starts from June 6th, when the Oculus Quest 2 users can import all their avatars and other elements from Horizon Venues to Horizon Worlds since the Venues platform will be discontinued later on! Meta said it’s been experimenting with portals between these platforms over the past few months, and now proceeds for good.
Users who’re living outside the US and Canada and have an Oculus Quest 1 will lose access to their content in Horizon Venues after the said date. Meta said all the ineligible users can still watch the replays and highlights of Venues events on Oculus TV after the live event was done.
This comes after the Meta’s CTO, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, said they’re working on a web version of Horizon Worlds, that will let people with no Oculus headgear access the platform directly. This would significantly improve the userbase once rolled.
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