Microsoft May Have Just Quietly Dipped Out of the VR Market!
Mike Sanders / 1 year ago
If you’ve been paying attention to the recent news then I daresay that you’ve probably heard about all the major layoffs currently being made at various tech companies. Microsoft, Apple, Amazon, Google, pretty much everyone is looking to tighten their metaphorical belts moving into 2022 with staff, unfortunately, being the most convenient apparent means of cutting costs.
Speaking of Microsoft though, with reports earlier this week suggesting that around 10,000 staff were being cut, it was clearly a matter of interest to see which departments would ultimately set to suffer the most and following a report via WindowsCentral, it would appear that at least one of them is VR (virtual reality).
Put simply, it seems that Microsoft may be set to effectively completely leave the VR market after barely dipping their toe in it in the first place!
Microsoft Jobs Cuts May See VR Departments if Not Gutted, Then Perhaps Stripped Entirely!
According to the report, a major key focus of Microsoft’s job cuts is going to be predominantly focusing on their VR sectors. It is being claimed that HoloLens, Virtual Reality, and Mixed Reality are all practically being shuttered or at least brought down to effectively skeleton levels of staff.
This a move which is particularly surprising since only 2 years ago Microsoft confirmed a pretty huge Hololens contract with the US Army. Albeit, subsequent rumours have suggested that the armed forces aren’t overly convinced that the technology will have any solid levels of practical use and have, therefore, shown more than a few indications that they have little to no intention of renewing it.
Overall though, presuming this is accurate, then it seems Microsoft is looking to get itself out of the VR market, and given its lack of prominence there, this is probably a move for the best.
Well, clearly not for its staff, but you know what I mean!
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