Meta's virtual hub for 3D creators dubbed Horizon Worlds is testing new features that will enable artists to sell virtual items in virtual worlds as well as payout bonuses in the US, Vivek Sharma, Vice President of Horizon, wrote in a tweet.

Initially, Meta plans to test the feature with a "handful of creators to get their feedback." However, the company said in a blog post that the updates are steps toward its long-term vision for the metaverse "where creators can earn a living and people can purchase digital goods, services, and experiences."

Monetization features in Horizon Worlds. Source: oculus.com
Monetization features in Horizon Worlds. Source: oculus.com

Meta hopes that its efforts toward the direction of virtual reality will bring a "new level of creativity" to the next generation of creators and businesses. The company noted though that monetization in Horizon Worlds is available to people adult people in the US and Canada. It remains unclear if the company plans to lower that threshold in the future.

Read also: Meta to Go Full in Blockchain: NYT

Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth says the update is an "early first step" toward the social network's long-term vision of a "robust digital economy."

To speed up the adoption of Horizon Worlds, Meta has also started testing a separate program called Horizon Worlds Creator Bonus for participants in the US where digital creators will be paid out on a monthly basis for their progress.

The company stressed that these bonuses are not subject to fees and will be paid to creators in full. To be eligible for earnings, creators need to follow Meta's all policies for Horizon Worlds (e.g. the Conduct in VR Policy and Horizon Worlds Prohibited Content Policy).

Meta first announced Horizon Worlds (formerly Facebook Horizon) in December 2021. The service is only available in the US and Canada so far to those who have an Oculus Rift S or Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset.

Read also: Meta seeks developers for legless metaverse