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Facebook Reveals New Social VR World, ‘Facebook Horizon’

A new way to social is here for Oculus users with the newly revealed Facebook Horizon.
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A new way to socialize in VR is here for Oculus users with the newly revealed Facebook Horizon. Virtual Reality has grown exponentially through the years and has become a very intriguing avenue for users to integrate within the gaming community no matter the distance in real life. Facebook is aiming to make VR even more sociable with their new project Horizon which offers a customizable way to expand one’s horizons. 

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According to Oculus, “VR is already a great place to hang out with friends, play games, and watch movies. It’s also a fantastic way to learn new skills and explore our world. Human curiosity and connection are central to each of these experiences, and they’re also at the heart of Horizon. Starting with a bustling town square where people will meet and mingle, the Horizon experience then expands to an interconnected world where people can explore new places, play games, build communities, and even create their own new experiences.”

Players will be able to create their own customizable avatars to explore this world with a ton of promised body and style options available. Once created, Horizon users can use portals called telepods to maneuver around the world within Facebook Horizon. Players can even take on Facebook games in a whole new way as well! 

“People will also jump into various other Horizon worlds, built using the World Builder, a collection of easy-to-use creator tools,” added Oculus. “Everyone will have the power to build new worlds and activities, from tropical hangout spots to interactive action arenas, all from scratch—no previous coding experience needed. Whether people choose to build, play, or simply hang out, Horizon will ensure a welcoming environment through new safety tools and human guides—Horizon Locals—to answer questions and provide assistance, if needed.”

The early Facebook Horizon beta is set to kick off sometime early 2020. To learn more – and how to sign up – check out the official reveal right here

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With an arguably unhealthy obsession with Dragon Age and Mass Effect, Liana is wildly passionate about all things in the gaming community. From shooters, to RPGs, if it's out - she's playing it. A medically retired US Sailor and now full-time hoarder of gaming collectibles, Liana's passion for everything in the gaming industry is palpable. Also, if you lose her in a crowd, just casually mention any BioWare game and the crazy pterodactyl screech will without a doubt follow. You can follow her on Twitter @DirtyEffinHippy or email her for editorial inquiries at [email protected]!