July 1, 2022

What you need to know

  • Meta’s Horizon Worlds is making its debut in the U.K. the week of June 13, with a wider European rollout later this Summer.
  • Meta plans smartphone and web versions of Horizon Worlds later this year, as well.
  • New privacy features include garbled voices from strangers and a new warning tool for people who are being disruptive.

Meta is officially expanding access to Horizon Worlds — that’s the company’s first metaverse-like concept virtual world — to the green shores of Britain and the wider U.K. starting the week of June 13, 2022. Horizon Worlds officially launched in North America back in December 2021 and is planned to have a wider European rollout later this Summer.

The news (opens in new tab) of Horizon Worlds’ expansion comes alongside the Quest v41 update (opens in new tab), which rebrands the home screen to Horizon Home, bringing a slew of new social features to the Quest home screen. We’re also expecting smartphone and web versions (opens in new tab) later this year as Meta ramps up its goal to be a leader in the metaverse space.