Earlier this month, it was reported that different departments in Tencent’s XR business line received notices from GM and HR in batches, and the company announced the cancellation of all XR positions.
Today, according to 36kR sources, Tencent has not completely abandoned XR business, but from the previous software and technology research and development, to the hardware direction,
The XR division retained a small number of employees in preparation for the introduction of Meta’s Qculus Quest 2 VR headset.
The project has been in preparation for about 4 months since the departure of Shen Li, head of XR department in November 2022. Tencent IEG (Interactive Entertainment Business Group) will be responsible for the follow-up.
It’s not unheard of for Tencent to represent an overseas entertainment device, having previously partnered with Nintendo on the Chinese version of the Switch.
Therefore, if the cooperation between Tencent and Quest 2 can be reached, then most will follow the previous introduction of Switch, Tencent is responsible for offline channels, and the two sides to promote localized production cooperation process.