Meta has scrapped a software OS that the company has been working on for years, which would have powered Oculus VR and AR headsets, The Information reports.
Speaking with two people familiar with the situation, The Information reports that development on a new VR/AR OS had been in the works for several years and involved hundreds of employees.
Meta currently uses a modified version of Google’s Android OS to operate its Oculus line of VR headsets. Meta wanted to develop its own OS internally called “XROS” to avoid the technical and logistical challenges that can come with third-party OS. This would mean that you would have to update your modified OS whenever Google updates Android. Modifications to an Android OS that was originally developed for smartphones could cause technical problems. However, the OS can be used for other hardware such as VR headsets.
It’s unclear why Meta changed its approach to a VR/AR OS after seemingly so much time and investment. Meta reportedly still intends to develop its own OS, and could revive XROS or parts of it i