Mark Zuckerberg has presented his new avatar in real time during the event Connect of Meta on Tuesday.
It marked the first time the Facebook founder has held a public conference in Meta’s Horizon World metaverse.
During the event, Zuckerberg took the opportunity to announce updated avatarswhich will be implemented later this year in phones and virtual reality headsets, which will be “more expressive and detailed than anything else today”.
the new avatars they will also have legssomething Zuckerberg says was “probably the most requested feature on our roadmap.”
The avatars of the metaverse did not have legs before because in virtual reality it is more difficult pinpoint where body parts arelike legs, explains the founder of Facebook.
“But seriously, legs are tough, so other VR systems don’t have them either,” Zuckerberg says.
Zuckerberg’s announcement comes just a few months after the billionaire was criticized on social media for an avatar he posted on Instagram.
Social media users were quick to criticize the image showing Zuckerberg’s avatar standing in front of an Eiffel Tower, and some compared the graphics to video games from the 1990s What Zelda Y quake.
At the time, Zuckerberg responded with an updated avatar, admitting that the previous image was “basic.”
“The graphics in Horizon are capable of much more, even on headsets, and Horizon is improving very quicklyZuckerberg claimed in an Instagram post in August.
Grimes also took the opportunity to criticize to Zuckerberg and his avatar, calling him “unqualified” to run the metaverse and saying that the billionaire’s virtual reality plans are “dead” before they have really started.
Earlier this week, New York Times reported that Zuckerberg had sped up the creation of a new avatar following criticism.
A Meta graphic artist also claimed in a LinkedIn post since deleted that he and his team had designed approximately 40 versions of Mr. Zuckerberg’s face over a 4-week period before a final version was approved.
“We started with simple graphics and are working hard to significantly improve what Horizon will look and feel like over the next year,” Zuckerberg said at the Meta Connect event. “The metaverse needs to feel inspired.”
But Meta has faced several problems in recent months, most notably the huge drop in Meta’s stock: approached a 4-year low on Tuesday.
Internal memos obtained by TheVerge last week show Metaverse Vice President of Meta Vishal Shah telling Metaverse employees working on the Horizon Worlds app that are in “quality lock” during the rest of the year to fix problems in the application before it is released.
In a memo, Shah reveals that the app’s onboarding experience is “confusing and frustrating.” Shah also assures that the employees who worked on the application they didn’t spend much time to her.
“Why don’t we love the product we’ve built so much that we use it all the time?” Shah wrote. “The simple truth is that if we don’t love it, how can we expect our users to love it?“.
The Facebook founder announced at the event that the new avatars will eventually be available through a partnership with Zoom, as well as on Android and Apple phones.
During the event, Meta unveiled its new $1,499 Quest Pro virtual reality headset. The company also announced several new partnerships with NBCUniversal and Microsoft, including a metaverse experience based on The Office and the opportunity for people to use Microsoft tools like Word and Excel in the metaverse.
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This is the new avatar of Mark Zuckerberg, with legs and a much more refined graphic style to avoid further criticism