“Get me out of here.” Western journalists harshly criticized Zuckerberg’s metaverse
The authors of The Verge offered Zuckerberg $10 billion not to use his metaverse
The English-language technology publication The Verge published a long review of the new Meta Quest Pro VR helmet and the Horizon World metaverse, in which journalists were very critical of the new products of Meta (formerly called Facebook. The material was titled “Get Me Out of Here.”
First of all, the correspondent of the publication, Adi Robertson, went through the shortcomings of the VR helmet. She presented one of the main claims to the ergonomics of the device — a heavy helmet (weighs more than 700 grams) very quickly tires the neck and rubs the forehead. The autonomy of the Quest Pro also disappointed the journalist — the helmet lasts about two hours without recharging, which is noticeably less than the previous generation Quest 2.
Of the advantages, Robertson noted only improved controllers and a facial expression recognition system. However, the journalist called the last chip not “good”, but simply “intriguing”, since at the moment it often malfunctions.
As a result, Quest Pro received 4 points out of 10 from The Verge.
Because Quest Pro is primarily designed to interact with Mark Zuckerberg’s Horizon Worlds, Robertson tested that product as well. To evaluate it, the journalist invited her colleagues. All of them were disappointed with the state of Horizon Worlds.
Quite a lot of criticism has caused the technical state of the metaverse. Journalists encountered problems when connecting to some of its modules like Workrooms (positioned as a VR space for business meetings), and also noted the poor quality of animation of 3D characters and the contingent that now dominates this social network — children and teenagers — that does not meet expectations. After the test, the journalists gathered in the VR lobby and shared their impressions.
“I can’t even imagine that I would ever agree to discuss any kind of serious decision under such conditions,” said Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge.
In turn, Alex Heath, deputy chief editor of The Verge, said that Meta should think about closing Horizon Worlds and later offering the world something not just better, but “a hundred times better.”
“Meta spent $10 billion developing this. Is it worth the money? Let me put it this way, I would pay $10 billion to never use this system. I think you will agree that Horizon Worlds is one of the most buggy projects in history.”