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22 April 2024

Meta Announces Meta Horizon OS Which Will Ignite Innovation and Creativity Moving Forward

By Bobby Carlton
Meta Horizon OS

Consumers and developers alike will benefit from the Meta Horizon OS ecosystem where multiple hardware makers build on a common platform.

Meta’s focus on the metaverse remains steadfast, although it’s viewed as a longer-term endeavor rather than an immediate transformative trend. Meta acknowledges the skepticism surrounding the broader vision of the metaverse but remains undeterred in its internal focus on the project.

The company sees the increasing engagement of children under 15 in gaming worlds like Fortnite, Roblox, and Minecraft as laying the groundwork for the next stage of metaverse development. As these young users (who will eventually be in the workforce and use to using virtual tools) increasingly conduct their daily interactions through avatars and virtual environments, it sets a precedent for broader social norms, eventually extending to professional engagement and other interaction types.

According to Nicola Mendelsohn, Meta’s head of global business. Mendelsohn emphasized at the World Economic Forum in Davos that while there was significant hype surrounding the metaverse a couple of years ago, the realization of its full potential is expected to take about a decade. Despite current skepticism, Meta is ready to play the long game here and maintains its commitment to the project, aligning with its long-term goal of establishing the metaverse within the next ten years.

Meta Horizon OS

To stand firm on that commitment, Meta has announced the launch of Meta Horizon OS, a tool that the company believes will be leap forward in making mixed reality (XR) technology more accessible, versatile, and immersive than ever before. By opening up its operating system to third-party hardware manufacturers, Meta is not only expanding the XR ecosystem but also democratizing access to this transformative technology.

In a recent Instagram post, Mark Zuckerberg talk about the announcement saying, “Today we’re opening up Meta Horizon OS — our operating system powering Quest — so others can design more headsets in our ecosystem. Lenovo, Microsoft, and ASUS are some of our first partners, with more coming too. Looking forward to a new wave of headsets focused on productivity, entertainment, gaming, exercise, and more!”

The decision to open Meta Horizon OS to third-party hardware makers is driven by Meta’s vision of a more open and inclusive computing platform for the metaverse. This move will enable developers to leverage a diverse range of hardware, fostering innovation and creativity in the XR space. Just as the proliferation of PCs and smartphones expanded opportunities for developers and users, Meta Horizon OS aims to do the same for mixed reality.

A New Hardware Ecosystem

Collaborating with leading global technology companies, Meta is poised to unleash a new generation of XR devices powered by Meta Horizon OS. ASUS’s Republic of Gamers, Lenovo, and Xbox are among the industry giants partnering with Meta to develop cutting-edge headsets tailored for gaming, productivity, learning, and entertainment. These devices, equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, promise to deliver unparalleled performance and immersion, propelling XR technology into the mainstream.

Meta is planning on collaborating with partners such as Lenovo (who are also partners with FS Studio), ASUS, and Xbox to assist in evolving hardware that promises improved performance for any type of activity, enveloping users in a realm of entertainment and learning.

Empowering Developers

Meta Horizon OS not only empowers hardware manufacturers but also enables developers to unleash their creativity and innovation. With a suite of tools and features optimized for mixed reality experiences, developers can create immersive applications that leverage the full potential of XR technology. Furthermore, Meta is streamlining the app distribution process by integrating App Lab titles into the Meta Horizon Store, making it easier for users to discover and access a diverse range of XR content.

  • ASUS’s Republic of Gamers will leverage its gaming expertise to develop a performance gaming headset.
  • Lenovo, with its rich history in engineering leading devices, will focus on mixed reality devices for productivity, learning, and entertainment.
  • The collaboration between Xbox and Meta will give rise to a limited-edition Meta Quest inspired by Xbox, building on their successful partnership in bringing Xbox Cloud Gaming to Meta Quest.

Social Integration

At the heart of Meta Horizon OS lies a robust social layer that seamlessly integrates people’s identities, avatars, and social networks across virtual spaces. This social infrastructure facilitates meaningful interactions and connections, transcending physical boundaries and fostering a sense of community in the metaverse. Whether on mobile, desktop, or XR devices, users can come together in shared virtual environments, enriching their social experiences in unprecedented ways.

The Path Forward

As Meta Horizon OS ushers in a new era of XR technology, the possibilities are limitless. From immersive gaming experiences to collaborative productivity tools, the applications of mixed reality are vast and varied. By promoting an open ecosystem and collaborating with industries, Meta is poised to democratize access to the metaverse and empower individuals, businesses, and industries to unlock the full potential of XR technology.

FS Studio is a hardware agnostic studio and we have delivered many training solutions for the Meta Quest, Meta Quest 2, Meta Quest 3, Quest Pro, HTC Vive, and the Microsoft HoloLens, as well as the Apple Vision Pro. If you are in need of any type of XR training solutions, reach out to Bobby Carlton at bobby.carlton@fsstudio.com or use his Calendly link to book a consultation call with him.