Mark Zuckerberg just shared the news that the company’s next VR headset, presumably the quest-prowill arrive in October and some of its innovative features were also discussed.
This is expected to be based on the advanced mixed reality device Project Cambria that Meta presented last year in its annual Facebook Connect keynote.
Surprisingly, the confirmation comes from the appearance of Mark Zuckerberg in the Joe Rogan’s latest podcastas discovered by RoadToVR. Zuckerberg discussed the next frontier Meta will cross with Quest Pro, along with mentioning the October release date.
“For the next device coming out in October, there are some big features,” he told Rogan.
Rogan apparently had some hands-on time with the latest device and was impressed with how well his avatar matched his facial expressions and tracked his eyes. When VR gamers strongly identify with their virtual selves, real connections will be formed and this could be a game-changing moment for VR.
The Quest 2 headset is now two years old, but it has served its purpose well, establishing strong market dominance and generating unprecedented interest in virtual reality. It’s the perfect time to up the ante with more powerful hardware that can achieve higher levels of realism and interaction.
The technology has already existed, but not on a mass market scale and that is the strength of Meta, bringing these fringe technologies into the mainstream. Leaks and rumors point to the Meta Quest Pro offering much better graphics performance, brighter displays with MiniLED or MicroOLED technology, improved drivers that no longer need circular tracking loops, and perhaps even the ability to replace a laptop. .
The podcast Spotify covered a variety of topics, including the possibility of neural interfaces to simplify the use of augmented reality devices in the future, and ended with a discussion of Meta’s social media platforms.
Meta has gone to great lengths to optimize and refine its rendering technology and these software improvements allow the aging Quest 2 to compete well with newer headsets. It’s currently our top pick among the VR headsets currently available, offering incredible value for such a low cost.
Given that Meta’s next headset is said to cost upwards of $800, at least twice as much as the Quest 2, it will be interesting to see what’s possible. That price would have been prohibitive a couple of years ago, but it seems about right for an advanced headset in 2022.