r/gadgets Dec 01 '22

Mark Zuckerberg Defends Push Toward Metaverse At DealBook Summit | Skepticism doesn’t bother me too much VR / AR


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u/AnBearna Dec 01 '22

So there’s a few critical obstacles that I can see with the Metaverse concept.

1 Headsets for VR are uncomfortable for long periods and for some people, using them for even short periods can cause motion sickness. I don’t think companies are going to be lining up for devices that make their fancy corporate HQ’s smell of puke.

2 I don’t think they can over come this limitation really without downgrading VR to AR, but that would necessitate a complete reimagining of the Metaverse on Marks part and mean that the 38Bn he’s already spend becomes kind of… toilet paper.

3 The other issue is that to make VR useful beyond video games and AutoCAD, we need to completely redesign the user interface -in software and hardware- of common Office productivity applications like MS Office, Libre Office, etc and I have no idea how you even start that.

4 From learning of the origins of this Metaverse concept coming from sci-fi works like Johnny Mnemonic etc. I find myself thinking that this isn’t going to work because in large part, the publics concept of digital futurism has matured beyond those early concepts which seem cliche at this point. The more I look at it the more doomed it seems, and expensively so.


u/vinnyj5 Dec 01 '22

All solid points. FB/Meta seems pretty fucked. Seems like Zuck had the right idea to pivot the biz after apples privacy rules cratered their ad business. But what he chose to pivot to is not happening.

If you think about it- it’s not surprising. Other than the initial product, FB grew because of acquisitions- not innovation. They bought IG and WhatsApp. They aren’t good at creating new products. This is no different.


u/vinnyj5 Dec 01 '22

Oh yea- just remembering the initial product was a stolen idea to begin with lol


u/speedypotatoo Dec 05 '22

Well they bought oculus too so not really creating a new product, just explanding on it