Given the pandemic boom in online workspaces, Facebook, this week launched its very own meetings app that supports Virtual Reality. Titled Horizon Workrooms, the app lets people meet remotely in a virtual space populated by avatars.
Specially designed around Facebook’s $300 headsets, those without the gizmo can also join the app through video calls. Up to 50 people can be on the call, but only 16 can be in the VR space with avatars. For the full VR experience, users need to have a Facebook account.
Facebook’s vice president of its Reality Labs group, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, said the new Workrooms app gives “a good sense” of how the company envisions elements of the metaverse. “Facebook’s vice president of its Reality Labs group, Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, said the new Workrooms app gives “a good sense” of how the company envisions elements of the metaverse.
As it stands, Facebook said it would not use people’s work conversations and materials in Workrooms to target advertisements on Facebook. It also said users must follow its VR community standards and that rule-breaking behavior can be reported to Oculus.
Currently, in the beta testing phase, the Workrooms app is a step toward building the futuristic “metaverse” that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has emphasized in recent weeks.