When Facebook needed to get into the lower-end side of the VR headset enterprise, it partnered with Xiaomi — a Chinese firm known for affordable, well-designed hardware — to develop a $200 standalone device launched under the names Xiaomi Mi VR and Oculus Go. Now a report alleges that Xiaomi has disbanded the development staff behind the headset, although Facebook said that it’s not abandoning the year-old platform.
In response to a report from VR enthusiast Antony Vitillo’s blog The Ghost Howls, Xiaomi laid off the entire Mi VR/Go, development crew, consisting of a dozen staff who would in any other case have been answerable for evolving and maintaining the platform. While Vitillo describes the news as coming from a “very reliable” supply, coherent with different data he’s heard, he caveated it as a rumor since Xiaomi has not responded to demands for confirmation. We have independently reached out and are similarly awaiting a response from the corporate.
Although Facebook doesn’t touch upon its partners’ enterprise decisions, we additionally reached out to the corporate regarding Go’s future — particularly, whether or not Oculus will keep evolving the Go hardware alongside its different platforms, and whether or not it’s planning to work with Xiaomi on a second-generation Go. Without confirming its own upcoming plans or Vitillo’s report, a Facebook spokesperson informed us:
We don’t comment upon our future product, roadmap. However, Oculus Go continues to be one of the best ways to enjoy immersive entertainment and is a good device for anyone getting started in VR. We are still producing and selling Oculus Go, and as always, we’ll maintain our community informed on any updates to our product portfolio.