Meta is adding a sound mode to Horizon Worlds that allows VR users to mask the voices of strangers. Users will continue to hear sounds, but they are incomprehensible and, according to Meta, are sound friendly.
The feature is called Garbled Voices and it distorts the voices of people that users encounter in the Horizon Worlds virtual space that are not on those users’ friend lists. According to Meta, what he is talking about is Converted to “incomprehensible and friendly sounds”†
Those who want to talk to users who have Garbled Voices activated will see an icon with a microphone with a line that they can’t hear. The feature should allow users to feel more comfortable in Horizon Worlds. By default, the incoming sounds feature is turned on. So users can be addressed directly on the VR platform as standard. They can disable incoming sounds.
To give users options to feel safe, Meta previously introduced the Personal Bounty feature, to keep other users at a distance. This feature is enabled by default for non-friends. Meta announced Garbled Voices while announcing that Horizon Worlds will be available in the UK in Quest 2 for those 18 and over. In the summer, the virtual reality platform will come to more European countries.
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