On December 9th 2021, Horizon was finally released to anyone over the age of 18. Horizon was announced years ago at one of the Oculus Connect presentations. As someone who is very interested in social VR, I was very excited for their version of social VR.
My experience with Horizon Worlds is underwhelming. The worlds are bland and the building features aren’t fun to use. I was very disappointed when I first played and a little angry. I was angry that they didn’t build out Oculus Home!
Oculus Home, if you don’t know, is the default space for your Oculus device on your PC. In the main home area, you can join friends, customize your space, and even upload you’re own home world. But it limits you to one home world, and it doesn’t have a good system to find people’s spaces. So, when Horizon Worlds was announced, I thought the most obvious decision would be to build out the system they already have. It makes so much sense. They own the device and they can automatically put players in their social VR space. Why wouldn’t they do that? I don’t know, but they didn’t, they gave us a weird flat colored playground for adults.
So, yeah, I don’t like Horizon Worlds. It’s not an enjoyable space for me. If you think Horizon Worlds is cool, please let me introduce you to VRChat, I think you’ll like it. Zuckerberg did mention something about Horizon Home at their previous Facebook Connect. The way he talked about it seemed very similar to Oculus Home, so I hope they actually do end up building it out, but for now, all we have is Horizon Worlds, which really means, all we have is VRChat and literally any other platform, cause why would you go to Horizon Worlds.