After sharing an image of his own VR avatar that was widely mocked, Mark Zuckerberg says Meta has “major updates” planned for its VR graphics. He stated that the company would provide more information about the changes at its upcoming Connect conference.
Several days ago, a screenshot from Horizon Worlds, the company’s social VR environment, went viral on Twitter.
The images were first released last week, alongside news that Horizon Worlds would be launching in France and Spain. A nearly featureless Zuckerberg avatar stood in front of a VR Eiffel Tower and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia.
The image quickly gained traction on Twitter, with users mocking the low-resolution and amateur-looking graphics.
Many people were perplexed as to why Zuckerberg’s avatar was so lifeless and flat, despite the fact that the company had spent billions of dollars and staked its future on the success of the metaverse.
Though Zuckerberg did not directly respond to the criticisms, he did acknowledge that the image he had previously shared was “pretty basic” and promised improvements. His most recent post included two new renders that were much more detailed and lifelike: his avatar and an outdoor scene depicting ancient ruins.
“I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic — it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch. The graphics in Horizon are capable of much more — even on headsets — and Horizon is improving very quickly,” Mark Zuckerberg wrote.