Mark Zuckerberg and Meta are taking their metaverse Horizon Worlds to the next level by expanding its reach beyond VR headsets to smartphones and computers. In a blog post dated September 15, the company revealed it has begun the early access rollout of the first Meta Horizon world for mobile and web users.
For now, the only available game within this platform is Super Rumble, a frenetic first-person shooter game that was initially exclusive to VR. The game allows two to six players to engage in quick five-minute battles. Meta promises that more games and experiences are in the pipeline and will be added in the coming months.
This early launch is only available to a limited number of users via web access or the Meta Quest app for Android, with an iOS version expected in the upcoming weeks. Meta’s aim is to gradually extend this access, stating, “Early access will roll out to more people gradually as we gather feedback and evolve the experience.”
Emphasizing their vision for universal access, Meta stated, “The metaverse should be available to everyone — no matter what device they’re on.” Although Meta hasn’t disclosed official user numbers, a Wall Street Journal report from October 2022 hinted at fewer than 200,000 active monthly users. Currently, Horizon Worlds is only accessible in a select few countries including Canada, France, Iceland, Ireland, Spain, the UK, and the US.
It’s worth noting that blockchain-based metaverses like Decentraland and The Sandbox took a different route. These platforms started as PC and web experiences before planning to expand into virtual reality, a strategy that stands in contrast to Meta’s VR-first approach. Decentraland debuted its 3D virtual world in February 2020, while The Sandbox launched its Alpha version for PC in November 2021, and neither has yet offered a VR version.