Palmer Luckey sold Oculus to Facebook (now Meta) in 2014 and officially ditched his VR startup in 2017, but that hasn’t stopped him from watching where some of the technologies he founded are evolving. Luckey has apparently observed Meta’s direction with the Metaverse and its Horizon Worlds application. He thinks it’s terrible now. However, he also believes it has the potential to become something far more impressive at some point in the future.
Luckey shared these specific opinions about the meta and the state of Horizon Worlds during the Wall Street Journal Tech Live Conference on October 25, 2022. During the event, Luckey participated in an interview where he shared his thoughts on the Meta, Mark Zuckerberg, the Metaverse, Horizon Worlds, and more. Here, Luckey shared that he’s not a fan of Horizon Worlds as it is now, but he does believe in the potential for improvement.
Luckey then compared Zuckerberg’s focus on developing Horizon Worlds to his own launch of Oculus before it was successful.
“Mark Zuckerberg is the biggest virtual reality fan in the entire world,” shared Luckey. “He’s putting more money and more time into it than he’s ever done in history…People say, ‘Is Horizon Worlds a good product?’ I don’t think it’s a good product. This is not fun. It is not good. I think most people on the team would agree that it’s not a good product right now… I look at it and see something that’s openly developed, publicly developed, and it is terrible today, but in the future it could be amazing.”
Luckey sold Oculus to Meta in 2014 for $2 billion and remained with the company to develop and direct VR until his exit to Facebook in 2017. His take on Horizon Worlds is interesting to say the least. It certainly leaves a lot to be desired, but will it blossom and become something more valuable than Luckey predicts? Only time and Zuckerberg’s dedication to the project will tell.