The FTC has initiated yet another investigation into what it claims anti-competitive business practises, according to Meta, who has had a horrible week. The FTC started an inquiry into the company’s anti-competitive tactics for its Instagram and Whatsapp acquisitions earlier this week, but this time the investigation is focused on the company’s Oculus business division.
The FTC is questioning VR developers who have created Oculus apps for the Quest platform, which includes the Oculus Quest and Quest 2. The FTC and a group of states, led by New York, are questioning VR developers who have created Oculus apps for the Quest platform, which includes the Oculus Quest and Quest 2. The investigation is focused on how Meta may have exploited its market position and influence to hinder competition on both the hardware and software sides.
The probe appears to be examining two parts. The first is the Quest 2’s pricing, which is $299, which is much cheaper than the competitors. The second set of claims comes from a group of developers who claim they were Sherlocked — a term derived from Apple’s theft of an app’s idea in the late 1990s, for which Apple never paid Karelia Software — and that Meta illegally incorporated software concepts and designs into its Oculus operating system.
Bloomberg’s article focuses on two documented examples that Android Central has previously reported. The first is a resemblance between YUR Fit, a fitness programme designed to measure calories burnt while playing virtual reality games, and Oculus Move, Meta’s own take on the subject.
The second is Oculus Air Link, which allows Quest players to play PC VR games wirelessly via their home’s Wi-Fi connection. Many months had passed since Meta had removed Virtual Desktop from the app market for unknown reasons.
The purpose of this FTC investigation is unknown, although it follows multiple earlier investigations into Meta’s business activities, including the purchase of fitness app Supernatural in December 2021. We reached out to Meta for comment but didn’t hear back in time for publication.
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