Facebook made it pretty clear that it’s focusing on the metaverse when it rebranded itself as Meta, and its latest acquisition is part of that effort. Jason Rubin, the company’s VP of Metaverse Content has revealed that Meta is acquiring Within, the creator of immersive virtual reality workout app Supernatural for Oculus Quest headsets. A rep for Within previously described Supernatural to Engadget as « part Beat Saber, part Dance Dance Revolution, part Guitar Hero with your whole body.
In a separate announcement (via TechCrunch), Within CEO Chris Milk and Head of fitness Leanne Pedante said that its coaches, choreographers and managers will continue being part of the team. They’ll work on VR fitness experiences for Supernatural independently under Meta’s Reality Labs. While Within will have to answer to its new parent company going forward, Milk’s and Pedante’s statement says the the acquisition will give them access to more resources, including more music, more features and more social experiences.
In Supernatural, you’ll have to hit colored orbs flying at you from its various VR environments using your controllers. The balls will shatter if you hit them with enough force, but they’ll only float away if you don’t — you’ll get scored at the end based on how you do. Supernatural has a 30-day free trial period, after which it’ll cost you $19 a month for continued access.
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