According to a report in The Information, Facebook has nearly 10,000 employees in its division working on augmented reality and virtual reality devices. This means the Reality Labs division accounts for almost a fifth of the people working at Facebook all over the world. This report suggests Facebook has been significantly accelerating its VR and AR efforts.
Back in 2017, UploadVR noted, the Oculus VR division accounted for over a thousand employees at a time when Facebook’s headcount was 18,770. In terms of statistics, this was around 5%. However, after releasing the Oculus Quest and Quest 2, Facebook has shifted its VR focus away from Oculus Rift style tethered headsets.
Note that by releasing the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 were standalone wireless devices that did not even require a desktop. Quest 2 was tagged with a price tag of $299 and it was preordered five times more than its predecessor.
In an interview on Facebook’s VR and AR ambitions this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told The Information said “Today, most of what Facebook does is…we’re building on top of other people’s platforms. I think it really makes sense for us to invest deeply to help shape what I think is going to be the next major computing platform, this combination of augmented and virtual reality, to make sure that it develops in this way that is fundamentally about people being present with each other and coming together.”