With just a day to go until Meta announces its next VR headset, it sounds like some of the company’s employees aren’t too enthusiastic about the whole “metaverse” thing.
A wide range of products are available. New York Times report about Meta’s direction in the leadup to its 2022 Meta Connect event, there were some juicy, little nuggets regarding how Meta employees feel about the company’s push towards a mixed-reality future. One source, for instance, said the company’s significant metaverse expenditures made them “sick to [their] stomach.” Meta Lose $10 Billion VR Investments in 2021
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The hits don’t stop there.
Meta employees surveyed only 58% of respondents. Blind, an anonymous professional forum, said they understood CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s metaverse ambitions. According to the Times, employees were encouraged to use in-house facilities. Horizon Worlds This year, VR App was developed for use in team meetings. It turned out that a bunch of employees either didn’t have VR headsets yet or hadn’t gotten them up and running.
The company’s chief metaverse exec Vishal Shah even wrote an internal company post noting that not enough employees use Horizon Worlds and that the app would undergo extensive quality control changes through the rest of 2022, per The Verge. Perhaps most damningly, some employees reportedly refer to Meta’s VR-chasing as “M.M.H.,” or “make Mark happy,” referring to the CEO’s personal metaverse ambitions that are apparently driving the company’s efforts in that department.
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Despite any negative coverage around Meta’s VR shift, it’d be unwise to think the direction will change anytime soon. Meta’s next headset will be unveiled, tentatively called Quest ProOn Tuesday. Regardless of what the Popular backlash Horizon Worlds’ visual style (and) Zuckerberg’s defense Despite the potential backlash, there is no reason to think Meta will cease investing in the development of the app.
Meta might see all these investments as a win. Perhaps stories of employee dissatisfaction will continue to fall despite falling stock prices.