Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was mocked mercilessly on social media over the “eye gougingly ugly” graphics he posted from his multibillion dollar virtual reality project Horizon Worlds.
“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,” wrote Zuckerberg in a post on his official Facebook page.
The Horizon Worlds social application is a part of Zuckerberg’s rebranding of Facebook into Meta, a company he says will be on the forefront of online virtual reality. In April, he said the company had lost $3 billion in order to build the Metaverse.
The underwhelming graphic he posted immediately became the target of ridicule and mockery over its lack of detail.
“Mark Zuckerberg launches Horizon Worlds in France and Spain with an eye-gougingly ugly VR selfie. Meta’s metaverse ploy is surely dying in the dark,” read one tweet with more than 30.7k likes.
“I think I’d be really into all of Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse stuff if I’d fallen into a coma in 1996 and woken up this week. (As long as I didn’t see anything else on the internet first when I came to),” replied writer Josh Gondelman.
“To be fair this is the most animated Mark Zuckerberg has ever looked,” tweeted comedian Gianmarco Soresi.
“It’s truly embarrassing that someone this rich is hinging his gargantuan company’s existence on something that looks like a JibJab birthday video from 2004,” responded writer Mitch Dyer.
“Mark zuckerberg heard you all joking that he looks like a robot baby and is trying to get his revenge by creating an entire alternate universe where everyone and everything looks like that,” read another tweet.
Forbes contributor Paul Tassi similarly torched the offering from Zuckerberg.
This is just embarrassing, and yet Zuckerberg seems entirely immune to the embarrassment, or really just does not understand how bad this looks, both literally, the graphics are garbage and it’s bizarre no one has legs after five years of this, but also for him and his company and his grand vision of the metaverse, which he seems to understand less than all of his competition.
He concludes, “This is not going to go well for him or Meta if he continues down this path.”
Zuckerberg posted again on Friday and addressed some of the criticism over the graphics.
“Major updates to Horizon and avatar graphics coming soon,” he wrote. “Also, I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic — it was taken very quickly to celebrate a launch. The graphics in Horizon are capable of much more — even on headsets — and Horizon is improving very quickly.”
He also added another, more detailed graphic.
Here’s the video ad for Horizon Worlds:
Horizon Worlds | Meta Quest 2