Meta plans to bring its Horizon Worlds social metaverse platform to the web, said Meta CTO Andrew “Boz” Bosworth in a tweet on Thursday. Being available on the web would mark a major expansion for the platform, which is currently only available on its Quest VR headsets.
A web version isn’t the only one in the works – this week, said Horizon’s Meta VP Vivek Sharma The edge that it’s working on bringing Horizon to mobile phones later this year and is in “early discussions” to bring it to game consoles. However, it’s still unclear exactly when Horizon might expand to the web, and Meta spokesperson Iska Saric said there were “no timeline details to share at this time” when we asked.
Boz’s tweet was included in a thread defend Horizon’s newly announced fee structure for creators, which has come under intense scrutiny. On Tuesday, Meta revealed that for purchases of Horizon, it would take a 25% reduction in the remaining percentage after all platform fees.
For the Horizon web app, that means Meta would only take 25%, as Boz pointed out. But for platforms with 30% fees, like Meta’s own Quest Store, it would take 25% of 70%. This means that for goods sold in Horizon on a Quest VR device, Meta will take 47.5% of each transaction.
When the web version of Horizon launches, the Horizon platform fee will only be 25%, a rate much lower than other similar world-building platforms.
— Boz (@boztank) April 14, 2022
Boz claims the rate is lower than some other “world building platforms” – a move that seems to be partly aimed at Roblox, which has also come under fire for the way it pays developers. In a chart showing “estimated usage of every dollar spent on Roblox,” Roblox says it only pays developers 28.1% of every dollar, which means the reduction in Meta Horizon even from purchases on Quest headsets, seems to be less than what Roblox takes. its platform. And moving from VR to platforms like mobile and web, Meta will be taking Roblox head-on, so this might not be the last time we see Meta making pointed words in the direction of Roblox. .
Meta has also often criticized Apple for slashing many App Store transactions by 30% – Boz did. also in his thread Thursday – and Apple had some of its own sharp language for Meta. “Meta has repeatedly targeted Apple for charging developers a 30% commission for in-app purchases in the App Store – and has scapegoated small businesses and creators at every turn,” the carrier said. word of Apple, Fred Sainz. MarketWatch. “Now Meta is looking to charge those same creators far more than any other platform. [Meta’s] ad exposes Meta’s hypocrisy. It shows that if they’re looking to use Apple’s platform for free, they gladly take creators and small businesses that use theirs.