Fb has practically 10,000 staff in its division engaged on augmented actuality and digital actuality units, in response to a report in The Info primarily based on inside organizational information. The quantity means the Actuality Labs division accounts for nearly a fifth of the individuals working at Fb worldwide.
This implies that Fb has been considerably accelerating its VR and AR efforts. As UploadVR famous in 2017, the Oculus VR division accounted for over a thousand staff at a time when Fb’s headcount was 18,770 total, indicating a proportion someplace north of 5 %.
Since then, Fb has shifted its VR focus away from Oculus Rift-style tethered headsets by releasing the Oculus Quest and Quest 2, that are standalone wi-fi units that don’t require a PC. The $299 Quest 2 was preordered 5 occasions as a lot as its predecessor, with builders seeing a lift in gross sales of their present titles.
“At the moment, most of what Fb does is…we’re constructing on high of different individuals’s platforms,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg advised The Info in an interview this week on Fb’s VR and AR ambitions. “I believe it actually is sensible for us to speculate deeply to assist form what I believe goes to be the subsequent main computing platform, this mixture of augmented and digital actuality, to be sure that it develops on this method that’s basically about individuals being current with one another and coming collectively.”