Meta’s social VR platform is getting a new feature that lets you show off your fun in the so-called “metaverse” with all of your Instagram and Facebook followers. With the v108 update, Horizon Worlds can now share photos and videos directly to your story on any platform. Meta is also using the update to test a few tweaks to the service’s safe zone feature.
It was previously possible to share content from Horizon Worlds to Reels – Instagram and Facebook’s TikTok-style vertical video feed feature – as reported by TechCrunch last October. But now you also have the option to post Horizon Worlds’ Wii-level graphics to Meta’s stories, where they can sit next to real photos of vacations, meals and days out.
Meta says the new story sharing option will start as a limited test for about 50 percent of Horizon Worlds users, but should roll out more widely over the course of this month. The share function can be accessed through the Media Gallery or Horizon Camera.
In addition, Meta is also testing a tweaked version of Horizon Worlds’ Safe Zone, a feature designed to help users step away from the social VR space when things get heated and hectic. As part of the test, the safe zone will show more details of the world around the user and provide fuller access to user profiles and other menus.
I suspect this won’t be the last time Meta tries to make its various services more interoperable, especially if it manages to create some level of FOMO among Instagram users about Horizon Worlds. But based on our experience trying out the social VR space when we reviewed the Quest Pro headset last year, there are more fundamental issues with Horizon Worlds that need to be addressed first.