In a huge jolt to its AR-VR and Metaverse dream, Meta (formerly Facebook) lost a whopping $13.7 billion in operating losses for Reality Labs for 2022.
Within the Reality Labs segment, Q4 revenue was $727 million, down 17 per cent due to lower Quest 2 sales. Its operating loss was $4.3 billion in the holiday quarter of 2022. Reality Labs expenses were $5 billion, up 20 per cent owing to employee-related costs and restructuring-related expenses.
Meta bought AR hardware company Oculus for $2 billion back in 2014. Last year, Mark Zuckerberg said the company will invest $10 billion for its Metaverse dream.
Meta CFO Susan Li said that the company expects its annual losses for Reality Labs to be even higher in 2023.
"We're going to continue to invest meaningfully in this area given the significant long-term opportunities that we see. It is a long-duration investment," said Li.
"Beyond MR, the broader VR ecosystem continues growing. There are now over 200 apps on our VR devices that have made more than $1 million in revenue," the Meta CEO informed.
The company launched avatars on WhatsApp last quarter and more than 100 million people have already created avatars in the app.
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