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Zuckerberg Responds to Meta Avatar Memes, Promises Upgrades to Visuals

Zuckerberg Responds to Meta Avatar Memes, Promises Upgrades to Visuals

Image courtesy of: Mark Zuckerberg

FRΛNK R.

Earlier this week, Mark Zuckerberg posted to Facebook announcing the release of Meta’s Horizon Worlds in France and Spain. Alongside the post was a ‘selfie’ of Zuckerberg’s digital avatar standing in front of a VR Eiffel Tower and Barcelona’s Sagrada Familia. However, unfortunately for him, what was supposed to highlight a celebratory moment quickly turned into an onslaught of memes, as people on Twitter mocked the low-res graphics and underwhelming visuals.

👋🇫🇷🇪🇦 We’re launching Horizon Worlds in France and Spain today! Looking forward to seeing people explore and build immersive worlds, and to bringing this to more countries soon.

Posted by Mark Zuckerberg on Monday, August 15, 2022

Apparently, after seeing all the memes and criticism spread like wildfire across social media, Zuckerberg posted two new screenshots on Instagram of an updated and significantly more life-like render of his Horizon Worlds avatar and an outdoor scene depicting an ancient-looking ruin landscape. In the post, Zuckerberg admitted, “the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic—it was taken very quickly to celebrate at launch.” However, Zuckerberg added that Horizon Worlds is “capable of much more—even on headsets—and Horizon is improving very quickly.”

By comparison, it’s safe to say that these new images do look better. There appears to be better lighting, improved textures, and more depth to the render, and Zuckerberg’s avatar face has a sense of life to it instead of just a flat, blank expression as in the previous image. Of course, everything is subjective, but overall it’s a welcome upgrade.

Zuckerberg promises to share more details on all the “major updates” that users can expect coming soon to Horizon Worlds and the visual graphics of the platform’s avatars at Meta’s upcoming Connect developer conference. No official word yet on when the conference will take place, but last year’s event was held in October.