Meta Opens Horizon OS to Third-Party Hardware Makers, Bolstering Mixed Reality

Meta announced the expansion of its Meta Quest ecosystem in a significant move towards fostering an open computing environment for the metaverse.
Meta Horizon OSThe social media company in a blog post revealed plans to allow third-party hardware manufacturers access to the operating system powering Meta Quest devices, paving the way for increased consumer choice and a thriving developer ecosystem.

Dubbed “Meta Horizon OS,” the mixed reality operating system will serve as the backbone for the new hardware ecosystem. The name reflects Meta’s vision of a platform centered around connectivity and social interaction.

Meta Horizon OS is the result of a decade-long effort by Meta to pioneer standalone headsets and advance technologies such as inside-out tracking, eye and body tracking, and scene understanding. This investment has resulted in a robust mixed reality operating system used by millions worldwide.

Developers and creators will have access to a suite of tools and frameworks tailored for building mixed reality experiences on Meta Horizon OS. They will benefit from content discovery and monetization platforms integrated into the operating system, including the rebranded Meta Horizon Store.

The Horizon social layer, integral to Meta Quest devices, will extend across the new ecosystem. This layer facilitates seamless integration of people’s identities and social interactions across virtual spaces, bridging multiple platforms including mixed reality, mobile, and desktop devices.

The expansion of the Meta Horizon OS ecosystem will see leading technology companies such as ASUS, Lenovo, and Xbox collaborating to develop a new generation of hardware devices. These devices will leverage Qualcomm Technologies’ latest Snapdragon processors, delivering breakthrough performance in mixed reality experiences.

In a bid to foster a more open app ecosystem, Meta announced plans to integrate its Meta Horizon Store with App Lab, enabling easier access for developers to showcase their titles. Additionally, Meta is developing a spatial app framework to help mobile developers create mixed reality experiences.

Industry leaders expressed enthusiasm for the future of mixed reality. ASUS emphasized its commitment to building high-performance gaming headsets, while Lenovo highlighted the potential of mixed reality in transforming productivity and learning.

The move by Meta to open up its ecosystem to third-party hardware makers marks a significant milestone in the evolution of mixed reality, promising consumers and developers alike a more diverse and innovative landscape for immersive experiences.

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