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Meta’s Metaverse Records Ongoing Losses of Over $3.7 Billion

In a recent financial report, Meta revealed its second-quarter earnings, showing a substantial investment of $7.7 billion in virtual reality (VR) related businesses. Despite an additional loss of $3.74 billion, the company remains optimistic about its future in the metaverse.

The overall revenue for Meta saw an 11% increase compared to the same period last year, reaching a total value of $31.9 billion. Notably, the revenue generated by Reality Labs, Meta’s research arm for the metaverse, amounted to $276 million. However, this figure marked the lowest in two years and a nearly 40% decline from Q2 2022. Susan Li, the Chief Financial Officer of Meta, attributed the drop in Reality Labs’ revenue to a decline in sales of VR headset Quest 2. Additionally, the production costs for these devices rose by 23% to $4 billion due to increased personnel expenses.

Meta’s revenue in Q2 2023 | Source: Meta.

Meta predicts that Reality Labs will continue to report losses until the end of 2023, citing the company’s ongoing investment in VR-related products and further contributions to the metaverse.

During the earnings conference, Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, revealed the company’s future focus on artificial intelligence (AI). While the metaverse remains a long-term goal for Meta, Zuckerberg emphasized their confidence in AI and its integration with the metaverse. He stated, “Meta fully believes in the metaverse and our investments in AI. These two fields converge and complement each other.” Zuckerberg also mentioned the company’s AI project, AI Llama, which is being used to develop products that allow users to “create worlds, avatars, and living things inside them.” Further details about AI Llama are expected to be unveiled later this year.

Following the release of the financial report, Meta’s stock prices surged by over 7% to approximately $320 per share. According to Google Finance data, Meta’s stock has risen by nearly 140% since the beginning of the year. However, it is still below its all-time high of $378 in September 2021.

Meta’s ambitious investments in the metaverse and AI represent a strategic move towards the future of technology and virtual experiences. While the company faces short-term challenges with Reality Labs’ revenue decline, its long-term vision and strong market performance continue to inspire confidence among investors and tech enthusiasts alike.

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