The Oculus VR headset was one of the most popular technological gifts this Christmas, according to Meta’s Oculus Virtual Reality app. Which was the most downloaded program in Apple’s App Store on December 25. It followed Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s announcement in October that the company will invest $10 billion to kickstart and create the metaverse.
Although the App Store ranking is not exact, it does provide some evidence of which applications are popular. And can aid in the decoding of trending technology.
Meta does not have any official numbers on how many VR headsets sold over the holidays. According to the Oculus website, they cost roughly €349 each.
It’s the first time the Oculus app has ever topped the App Store’s holiday ranking. It comes after Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in October that the firm would rename itself Meta. As well as investing $10 billion to jumpstart and build the metaverse.
The metaverse is a virtual realm in which Zuckerberg predicts social networking, gaming, and employment will all take place in the future.
The term “metaverse” was coined in the 1992 science fiction novel “Snow Crash” to depict a virtual universe accessed by VR technology. Which is combining the prefix “meta” (meaning showing or suggesting an explicit knowledge of itself) and the word “universe.”
Zuckerberg stated earlier this year that the metaverse “will be the successor of the mobile internet.”
Following news that the Oculus VR software had topped the App Store list, Meta stock rose 3.4 percent on Monday.
The app’s popularity reflects the metaverse’s rising acceptance of Meta’s influence. But Meta isn’t the only company putting money into virtual reality.
Roblox, a gaming company, has been supporting the establishment of a metaverse long before Meta. And the company went public in March at a price of around $40 billion.