Facebook is accepting applications for a closed beta test of its Horizon virtual reality (VR) environment.
Horizon is the company’s attempt to merge social media with VR. Horizon offers “an ever-expanding VR world where you can explore, play, and create in extraordinary ways.” The environment is designed to grow with the creations and contributions of its inhabitants.
In addition to contributing to the environment’s growth, the social aspect comes into play in the form of competition, as well as teamwork. Participants can engage in 1v1 contests, or work together to accomplish goals.
It’s obvious that Facebook is trying to establish a positive culture right off the bat, and avoid the toxic culture that has plagued many social media platforms. The company defines a Horizon citizen as someone who “is friendly, inclusive, and curious. They are open to new adventures and take advantage of the limitless possibilities of this world. There are many ways to play and create here – and Horizon citizens are enthusiastic of the countless kinds of fun to explore.” Horizon will also offer “Locals,” community guides whose job it is to welcome users and assist them in their endeavors.
With Horizon scheduled for release on the Oculus Quest and the Rift Platform in 2020, Facebook is accepting applications for closed beta and encourages users to sign up.