Horizon Workrooms: Facebook delivers a first glimpse into its metaverse

Facebook has lifted the veil on the beta of Horizon Workrooms, a virtual reality experience that promises to rethink remote collaboration in businesses. The tool, which was developed with its subsidiary Oculus, can be accessed through a virtual reality headset.

Earlier this month, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that Facebook would launch the glasses in partnership with Ray-Ban. The head of the popular social network took advantage of this announcement to talk about the “metaverse,” a popular term that makes digital giants dream. The concept of “metaverse” refers to a world in which the real and the virtual end up being amalgamated. The idea particularly appeals to Facebook, which just announced the launch of the beta version of Horizon Workrooms. Inspired by the social network in virtual reality Horizon, “workrooms” (workrooms) want to “reinvent” remote collaboration by allowing users “together” To work in the same virtual room.

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To do this, the company invited its Oculus subsidiary and its Oculus Quest 2 headset to move the company’s teams into the VR workspace. Facebook thinks so “The way we work is changing” and that “more and more people are working remotely”without necessarily “good tools” to do. “Working without colleagues around you can sometimes feel isolated, and brainstorming with other people is different if you are not in the same room. So today we are excited to launch the open beta of Horizon Workroom”Facebook explains. This solution is available in countries where Quest 2 is supported, i.e. 22 countries, including France. It’s currently available for free.

With Workrooms, Project Horizon is revealed on Facebook

To make the experience more realistic, the workrooms are based on the latest technologies and features developed by Oculus. This includes mixed reality desktop and keyboard tracking, manual tracking, remote desktop streaming, video conferencing integration, and spatial audio as well as Oculus avatars. “We’ve Created a New Kind of Productive Experience”, points to Facebook, which suggests bringing his desk, computer, and keyboard to himself in this virtual world. These features are meant to enhance immersion and remind that Workrooms is a mixed reality experience. Working in VR doesn’t mean you have to leave your usual gadgets behind.Facebook adds.

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© Facebook Technology

In order to leave space for ideas during meetings, the social network goes so far as to present a file “Infinite Blackboard” It provides the ability to draw, write with a pen, or even install images from your computer. Finally, it is possible to export this painting from virtual reality as an image. The VR workspace can accommodate up to 16 people in a virtual reality session and up to 50 people in a video call.

The trial version is accessible via the Oculus website and requires registration to create a Workroom Team. The first person to create a Workroom team and any other user who wants to join meetings in virtual reality should have an Oculus Quest 2 headset, the company states in its FAQ. However, you don’t need a Quest 2 headset to join meetings via video calls on your PC. Finally, Facebook promises secure exchanges and specifies that “Workrooms will not use your conversations and work materials to run ads on Facebook”.

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© Facebook Technology

Remember in passing that Facebook had to temporarily suspend the sale of the Oculus Quest 2 due to the risk of skin irritation. A new version of her helmet, including a new silicone cap, will be marketed from August 24. The company took advantage of this suspension to double the storage capacity of the base version of its headphones, from 64 to 128 GB.

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