At the time of writing this experience, I saw two latest data.
Oculus (Meta’s app for controlling VR headsets) topped the App Store’s free download list in the US on Christmas Day, surpassing TikTok; secondly, based on the calculation of downloads, it is speculated that Oculus Quest 2 will become the most popular gift this Christmas. , More than Xbox and PlayStation.
The meta universe “revived” VR? 丨Reddit
In December, Meta (formerly Facebook) officially launched the open beta of its meta-universe game—Horizon Worlds in North America. In theory, adults over 18 can enter.
After the name change, Meta was ridiculed by many players who had been immersed in the “cyberworld”: “Meta universe is not a new thing, it’s just a new term.” But from the data, why does it mean something “really fragrant”?
I embarked on the first train, and I saw it as soon as possible.
A little confused in “Meta Universe”
To enter the meta-universe, we must have a “digital stand-in.” Horizon Worlds now uses the Oculus Avatar system directly. It is no different from other “face pinching” games, even compared to VRChat (a VR social game), there is not so much free setting space, and it is impossible to upload 3D images.
Edit avatar丨Horizon Worlds
But this is in line with Zuckerberg’s vision: to open up Horizon Worlds, Horizon Home (virtual living room), Horizon Workrooms (remote collaboration platform), enable the same avatar-the purpose is still to serve the unification of identity in social networks.
When I stood in the lobby of Horizon Worlds smoothly, it was wrong, when I was floating in the lobby, the first question appeared: Where are my legs?
Facebook likes to rush to work. According to this practice, one of the reasons for this setting may be to reduce unnecessary workload-as long as the upper body is enough. The leg movements are too complicated (walking, running, squatting, jumping), it is better to “cut” to reduce the amount of calculation. After all, even the movement of characters depends on the handle, and there is no sensor attached to the leg, and there is no way to accurately track the movement of the leg.
Some people who “have no legs” like me丨Horizon Worlds
Not to mention, after all, it is just a prototype of the meta universe. I began to wander in the lobby, feeling a bit in the game novice village, which reminded me of the “Meta Universe” animation “Sword Art Online”.
The hall is actually very small, it only takes about 15 seconds to move from one end to the other. There are some unidentified sculptures and buildings on the side of the road, and they will be directly transmitted to the top of the building when they enter the door. When you reach the top of the building, you can go up and down the stairs on the side (why do you need stairs without legs?). There are a few clouds floating in the sky, and there is no concept of day and night here.
The stairs are still quite dizzy丨Horizon Worlds
But it’s pretty fast going downstairs丨Horizon Worlds
I have conducted several “violence tests” curiously, and there has been no such horrible phenomenon of “people through people” and “people through walls” in the universe of a certain major domestic factory.
There are not many “pedestrians” on the road. Two strangers came to me, and when I was still hesitating how to say hello, the sound of their conversation came from the headset.
“No, No, No. I don’t think that will work…”, “Then how about this…”.
I was there for a while, a little dazed.
In fact, newcomers must learn “world rules” before entering the metaverse, such as respecting each other. “Sexual harassment” incidents in the virtual world are not new, and some have happened recently. In Horizon Worlds, if you activate the safe mode, you will enter a separate confined parallel space that will not be seen or heard by anyone. Exit the safe mode, and you will return to the interactive world you just stayed in.
I continued to walk on the square and watched several newcomers in the meta universe who were as stupid as me. They listened to them constantly complaining about the mechanism of the system. I was worried that they would pull me together, so I ran away. After “eavesdropping” on a few waves of people’s chats in this way, I finally took my first step-to strike up a conversation with the Community Guide. This black guy in the shape of a hat (and a real Meta employee behind him) is teaching another user how to throw a boomerang.
From the black brother, I probably know the mechanics of this world: Horizon Worlds is roughly divided into three “big worlds”, Game (game), Attend (activity), Hangout (social square). Each big world is composed of multiple small worlds. For example, Attend is actually an event calendar, such as meditation together; Hangout is similar to a square in reality, where everyone chats, and Party Up plays games if you can.
Social, still social
There are not many games to choose from in Game. Look at how many “likes” there are in the lower right corner of each game to know how popular it is. I clicked on the “retro zombie” game with 1248 likes (a high like in this meta-universe).
For a while, I was confused again.
What’s more exaggerated than Hangout is that if you open the “public channel” here, you can hear everyone’s voice no matter the distance. (It smells like the real world!)
In this “world”, you can hear everyone talking丨Horizon Worlds
At this time, two voices came from my ears, one sounded like a 10-year-old child, and the other sounded like an “aunt”.
“Thank you Ivy. You saved my life…”.
“Social Fear” himself has nowhere to escape. Just when I joined rashly and didn’t know how to reload, a little brother bravely rescued me from the zombie group. Before I could thank him, I was quickly “killed” by another group of zombies-thank goodness, I too To escape from the zombie world.
Back to the game hall, I learned to be smart and chose a “Waffle Restaurant” game with only dozens of likes. When I came in, it was deserted.
Waffle Restaurant丨Horizon Worlds
Putting on the chef’s hat, I started to make waffles for a group of small animal “customers”-yes, it sounds so “mentally retarded”. It’s a bit similar to “Overcooked Kitchen”, but it’s a bit difficult to operate with a VR handle. Reach out to the flour box “precisely”, click the button to pick it up, move it to the front of the mixing bowl, release the button to pour the flour into it. After mixing, reach out and pick up the spoon to scoop the roux into the baking pan. After a meal, my arms are sore-this is more tiring than cooking in reality.
Watching Time in “Meta Universe”丨Horizon Worlds
After exploring a few more elementary VR games, I realized that the original intention of Horizon Worlds was not to allow players to play “stand-alone” games at all. What Zuckerberg wanted people to do was still socialize.
This time I finally met two young men, a white brother with glasses, and a black brother with shaggy hair. They sent an invitation to Party Up, I accepted, and then we “teleport” to an escape room game together. It seems that both China and the United States, young people are equally obsessed with such games.
But it was the first time I played in VR. In the first room, we need to grab the barrel in the corner with our hand (handle) and throw it at the skeleton guard, jumping over the trap; then we enter the second room and need to jump the stone pile continuously (the same problem, how to jump without legs ), “stumble” will fall into the abyss of fire.
Skeleton disappeared too weird丨Horizon Worlds
The two brothers looked like game masters, and after about 20 failures, I finally jumped over. I was actually a little touched, because in the online games of mobile phones and computers, the hostility is too heavy, and “teammate pigs” will be scolded. The patience and help of the two brothers made me feel a little love from the VR community. We raised our hands and celebrated with high fives symbolically in VR.
Before going offline, my friends also sent me a friend application. See you next time. It is precisely because of the limitations of the equipment (Horizon Worlds only supports Oculus Quest2), “temporary friends” is the essence of this game.
Otherwise, I can only throw a plane boringly丨Horizon Worlds
There is another important reason for choosing to offline from Yuan Universe: I am so dizzy. It’s hard to imagine how to spend a whole day working, studying, and living in the VR world like Zuckerberg said.
The meta universe is so rough
Horizon Worlds is not complicated. Using MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) as an analogy, it can be easily understood. The game is similar to “swiping a copy”, the event is equivalent to the official holiday event, the social square is the novice village or the town center, and the Community Guide is the NPC.
Whether it’s my own experience or looking through the discussions on Reddit, I feel that the content inside is pitiful. No single section can be compared with other mature applications.
That zombie-fighting game is roughly at the level of “the bully Tetris with voice connection”.
Several other games with better quality are nothing more than simple VR re-enactments of existing games, such as “VR Fruit Ninja”. Compared with Meta’s own VR world, Horizon Venues, where you can watch NBA games and listen to concerts in VR, Attend only has one or two official events a week. The “Wuyangyang” group of people can not be seen in the Hangout either.
Horizon Venues last month calendar丨Horizon Venues
One of the reasons why this meta-universe world is so quiet is that according to the complexity of the scene, the number of players that the space can hold is limited. Generally speaking, a single space can accommodate 8 players. When a player chooses to enter a game, the system will automatically allocate a room. Of course, you can also open a private room where only invited people can come in.
Enter a world丨Horizon Worlds
However, another reason for the low popularity is that there is indeed a huge gap between the “buyer show and the seller show” compared to the promotional video released by Meta.
Horizon Worlds Promotional Video丨Meta
In response to the lack of good content, Meta said it would put out a $10 million “creator fund”, but this is far from enough for creating a world.
In Meta’s vision of meta universe, the current Horizon Worlds is probably in the “Stone Age” of the new world. It is still far away from building a complete “virtual space” where everyone can play, shop, and work freely.
Unless, like Clubhouse, which was popular at the beginning of the year, celebrities airborne from time to time to chat with you in VR, otherwise I can’t find a reason to start it again. The only advantage is that it’s free. Otherwise, this kind of “half body” villain is really not as good-looking as my QQ show.
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