Meta looks set to release four VR headsets by 2024
Meta plans to release four VR headsets in 2024
Meta plans to release four VR headsets over the next few years as it continues its vision for the metaverse.
According to a roadmap obtained by The Information, Meta will release a range of headsets spanning various price points.
The high-end VR and mixed reality headset “Project Cambria” has long been rumored to be released around September this year. Cambria was originally supposed to be released last year, but was delayed due to the pandemic and supply chain issues.
Meta’s premium headset will perfectly reflect the company’s vision of how people will use their devices for work and play in the future. The company’s well-received Quest headsets are designed for shorter gaming and social experiences. The Cambria is set to display image quality suitable for performing tasks such as typing for potentially long periods of time.
The battery will be mounted on the back of the Cambria headset to make it more comfortable for longer periods of time. Full color passthrough will be possible for mixed reality experiences.
Meanwhile, sensors in the headset will track eye movements and facial expressions for potential input sources, giving avatars more realistic responses (sorry remote workers – you’ll have to hide the bugs again.)
Project Cambria costs $799. A successor, codenamed Funston, is on schedule for a 2024 release.
For those who are not yet ready to make such a financial commitment, there are two Quest headsets. One, codenamed Stinson, is scheduled for 2023. The other, codenamed Cardiff, is for 2024.
The search should stay around $299-$399, roughly half the cost of Meta’s high-end VR headset. Roughly one-fifth of Meta’s employees are said to be currently working on VR/AR devices — that’s nearly 10,000 employees dedicated to advancing Zuckerberg’s metaverse vision.
Facebook may be compromised for a long time as we all start interacting with the meta version. The company seems to feel the same way, and decided to bet so heavily on the metaverse last year that it renamed itself Meta last year.