Mark Zuckerberg responds to metaverse memes with a redesign

(CNN) – Mark Zuckerberg, in response to a torrent of memes mocking the latest Meta Project graphics, listen to his critics and change his selfie.

Zuckerberg unveiled Horizon Worlds, a virtual reality social app, earlier this week in France and Spain, sharing a somewhat flat digital avatar and a goof in front of a moving Eiffel Tower and Sagrada Familia.

The Internet immediately jumped, mocking what many users saw as (hopefully) raw graphics for a startup that Meta has spent at least $10 billion in last year.

Kevin Rose, a New York Times tech columnist on Twitter, compared the charts to “Worse than wii 2008Slate used the term “buttcheeks.” Twitter was less generous: “Ugly to Mind” and “International Laugh.” Many compared it to the drawings of the early 90s, noting how lifeless and childish the selfie looked. Zuckerberg quickly earned the “dead” designation.

Well, Zuckerberg clearly saw the memes, as he announced on Friday that major updates are coming, along with new avatar graphics. On Facebook and Instagram, Zuckerberg posted a photo of his more advanced avatar.

“I know the photo I posted earlier this week was pretty basic — it was taken really fast to celebrate the launch,” Zuckerberg wrote in the caption, adding that the graphics at Horizon “are capable of doing so much more” and that it is “improving very quickly.” “.

Zuckerberg added that he would share more details at Connect, the company’s annual conference, which took place in October last year.

Facebook plans to spend at least $10 billion in 2021 on Facebook Reality Labs, allocating significant resources to virtual and augmented reality products and services in last year’s third-quarter results.

Horizon Worlds, from Meta for Quest, is now available in the US, Canada and the UK.

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