Meta Begins Beta Testing Members-Only Spaces in Horizon Worlds
Meta began beta tests for new expanded member-only spaces in Horizon Worlds. The new feature has been designed to offer users greater control over their virtual worlds.
Users who can access the beta test can now create stunning members-only worlds. Any users with access to Horizon Worlds can search these worlds and request to join them. This will enable users to grow their communities and create new ones in Worlds. However, there is the option for creators to keep these members-only worlds hidden if they so wish.
Creators of these worlds can, thus, select whether to make them accessible to all users or to a select group of people.
Horizon Worlds’ members-only worlds are private worlds that are accessible only to specific groups. This format gives players access to exclusive virtual reality experiences, free from uninvited guests.
The members-only feature has been undergoing an alpha test since January 2023. Meta began beta testing on May 16th.
Apart from the players who were already participating in the alpha tests, the feature will be gradually rolled out to a “randomized group of people with access to Worlds”, Meta said. Users with access to the beta test will also be able to make their members-only worlds visible so any users who can access Horizon Worlds will be able to search and request to join the members-only worlds to help users grow their communities or to find and build new ones.
The creators of the members-only spaces in Worlds can also access a dashboard where they can view reports from members on unwanted incidences and take the necessary measures. Meta said the dashboard was developed based on user feedback and also in collaboration with external experts along with other insights derived from the alpha test.
Meta is constantly working to update Horizon Worlds with new features. It isn’t clear who will be moderating the members-only spaces or the rights and responsibilities of the members. Meta’s recent removal of the ability to create its own events from the virtual reality platform angered many users.
Meta’s decision to lower the Horizon Worlds age limit from 18 to 13 was also widely criticized. However, Meta is currently developing new safety features for young users. It recently unveiled new parental controls along with new retreat options for users.
Meta said it will be iterating on the creator report experience during the beta test as it closely works with creators alongside their communities to assess their needs.https://virtualrealitytimes.com/2023/05/29/meta-begins-beta-testing-members-only-spaces-in-horizon-worlds/https://virtualrealitytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Horizon-Worlds-600x337.pnghttps://virtualrealitytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Horizon-Worlds-150x90.pngTechnologyMeta began beta tests for new expanded member-only spaces in Horizon Worlds. The new feature has been designed to offer users greater control over their virtual worlds. Users who can access the beta test can now create stunning members-only worlds. Any users with access to Horizon Worlds can search these...Rob GrantRob Grant[email protected]AuthorVirtual Reality Times