Meta’s Reality Labs unit records $3.99 billion operating loss in Q1

Meta’s first quarter earnings report showed that its Reality Labs unit, which is responsible for its metaverse-related technology, recorded a $3.99 billion operating loss. This brings the total loss of the division since 2020 to a staggering $30 billion, despite Meta’s better-than-expected overall first quarter results, with sales up 3 per cent and $28.65 billion in revenue beating analysts’ expectations.

However, the continuing losses in Meta’s Reality Labs division are a cause for concern. Mark Zuckerberg’s unwavering commitment to the metaverse and Reality Labs work comes at a time when Meta is cutting 21,000 jobs in its “year of efficiency”. Although the metaverse was once a popular investment, analysts predict that most projects will close by 2025, as the global economy continues to slump and the interest in the metaverse declines.

Furthermore, the rise of generative AI has put resources into artificial intelligence at the expense of metaverse projects. Microsoft’s industrial metaverse work was killed off as part of its round of 10,000 layoffs, and Disney laid off its entire metaverse team as part of cost-cutting plans.

Zuckerberg famously said that the metaverse could earn billions or even trillions of dollars in ten years. However, if Reality Labs continue to rack up losses at its current rate, it will be challenging to achieve this bold prediction.

The sources for this piece include an article in TechSpot.

IT World Canada Staff
IT World Canada Staff
The online resource for Canadian Information Technology professionals.

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