In a limited alpha test, Meta is introducing the ability to form curated communities on its Horizon Worlds platform. These are known as ‘Members-Only’ Worlds that are limited to 150 members and 25 concurrent visitors.
Within these spaces, users of Horizon Worlds can create groups based on shared interests, such as book clubs, gaming groups, VIP creator supporters, or just hangout spots for friends. In other words, it’s like a Facebook Groups experience but in VR.
Creators of Members-Only worlds will have complete control over these Worlds, including who can access them and what goes on inside them. In Meta’s words, the goal is “to put design in the creators’ hands so that they can fully craft the experience they want to offer others.”
Members-Only Worlds is being initially launched to selected creators. After gathering sufficient feedback on the design and moderation of the functionality, Meta will make changes to it that it deems important to enhance the experience.
In addition to that, Meta has announced that it is bringing out the web and mobile versions of Horizon Worlds soon. As of now, the platform is accessible on the Quest VR headsets.