If accurate, the newly designed VR headset would be a major aesthetic leap forward for the company’s Oculus VR division tasked with moving headsets from the nerd outlier category to something most mainstream users would feel more comfortable and somewhat stylish wearing. A move toward a more style-centric design would also dovetail perfectly with Facebook’s new Ray-Ban Stories smartglasses, which are being framed by the company as an appetizer to fully AR-enabled Facebook smartglasses in the future. 

The many problems Facebook faces now transcend any one issue. At this point, Zuckerberg and his team need to reframe the narrative with a complete refresh. Luckily, for Zuckerberg, bending reality is exactly what VR and AR are good for. The only question will be if users are ready to live in this new metaverse powered by the organizational DNA of Facebook and all its deep bruises.

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