Ex-President of Nintendo: Facebook’s Metaverse Is a Suck

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techno.rentetan.com – Facebook, according to Reggie-Fils-Aimé, is “not an inventive corporation,” and the 20 million VR headsets sold so far represent a respectable year’s worth of revenue for Nintendo, he said. A former Nintendo executive dressed down Meta (previously Facebook) over the weekend, and it’s possible the firm would prefer to spend eternity in the metaverse rather than face the public.

While speaking at South by Southwest (SXSW) this year, Reggie Fils-Aimé, the former COO and president of Nintendo of America, made some unflattering predictions about the future of the firm. Fils-Aimé was forthright in his assessment of the tech behemoth when questioned about it.

Fils-Aimé told Bloomberg reporter Emily Chang at SXSW that “I don’t believe their present notion [of the metaverse] will be effective.” It’s time to recognize that Facebook itself isn’t an innovative corporation. Or they’ve been quick to adopt other people’s ideas, as shown in the case of Oculus and Instagram. Aside from the initial social network, they don’t have much else going for them in terms of innovation.

It is commonly accepted that the Oculus Quest 2 headset, which was bought by Meta (previously Facebook) in 2014, is the greatest virtual reality headset available. Fils-Aimé doubts that Meta’s early accomplishments will continue when additional rivals join the market because of the company’s bumpy history with hardware introductions. According to him, the 20 million or so VR headsets sold to date would have been an excellent single-year sales number during his tenure at Nintendo, when he worked as vice president of marketing.

In all, he claimed, “not only Oculus, but in total, roughly 20 million VR devices have been sold.” For one year, while I was in charge of Nintendo, we had a successful hardware sell-through.”

However, former Nintendo CEO Fils-Aimé doesn’t feel that the metaverse will be leading the way, despite the fact that he thinks it will become an increasingly important part of our life and that certain parts already exist (naming Fortnite and Roblox as examples). To be creative, he adds, organizations must put consumers first and introduce new ideas to the market, but Meta has placed ad money ahead of anything else.

Fils-Aimé said that augmented reality is the technology of the future when asked what gadgets we’ll be utilizing. For him, the ideal item is a pair of glasses that allow you to engage with a “digital experience,” rather than a heavy VR headgear.