Mark Zuckerberg responds to metaverse memes with a redesign

Zuckerberg launched Horizon Worlds, a virtual reality social app, in France and Spain earlier this week, sharing a somewhat flat and goofy digital avatar posed in front of the Eiffel Tower and green hills.

The internet immediately jumped in, mocking what many users thought were (hopefully) preliminary charts for a company Meta spent at least $10 billion on last year.
New York Times tech columnist Kevin Roose compared the graphics to “worse than a Wii game from 2008on Twitter. Slate used the term “buttcheeks”. Twitter was less kind: “eye-gougingly ugly” and “an international laughingstock” popping up.

Many compared the Metaverse design to early 90s graphics and pointed out how lifeless and childish Zuckerberg’s selfie looked. He quickly earned the “dead eye” designation.

Well, Zuckerberg apparently saw the memes, because on Friday he announced that there were major updates coming, along with new avatar graphics. On Facebook and Instagram, Zuckerberg posted a photo of his more advanced avatar.

“I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic – it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch,” Zuckerberg wrote in the caption, adding that Horizon’s graphics “are capable of a lot. more” and promising that it will be “getting better very quickly.”

Zuckerberg added that he would share more details at Connect, the company’s annual conference, which was held in October last year.

Facebook planned to spend at least $10 billion in 2021 on Facebook Reality Labs, devoting significant resources to its augmented and virtual reality products and services in last year’s third quarter results.

Horizon Worlds, from Meta for the Quest headset, is already available in the US, Canada and the UK.