Mark Zuckerberg promises ‘major updates’ to Horizon avatars after his is widely mocked

Mark Zuckerberg says Meta has “major updates” planned for its VR graphics, having previously shared a picture of his own VR avatar that was widely mocked. He said the company will report on the changes at its upcoming Connect conference.

Zuckerberg’s update comes days after a screenshot of Horizon Worlds, the company’s social VR environment, went viral on Twitter.

The images were originally shared last week alongside an announcement that Horizon Worlds would be launching in France and Spain. The screenshot showed an almost nondescript Zuckerberg avatar in front of a VR Eiffel Tower and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. The image quickly took on a life of its own on Twitter, as people poked fun at the low-res and amateurish-looking graphics. In particular, many questioned why Zuckerberg’s avatar was so flat and lifeless when the company has spent billions of dollars and staked its future on the success of the metaverse.

Though Zuckerberg didn’t address the criticism directly, he did acknowledge that the image he previously shared was “pretty basic” and promised improvements. His latest post included two new, much more detailed and lifelike renderings: his avatar and an exterior scene with ancient ruins.

“I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty straightforward — it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch,” Zuckerberg wrote. “The graphics in Horizon can do a lot more – even on headsets – and Horizon is improving very quickly.”

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