Meta Quest Pro could be the next Meta VR headset. There have been rumors that this is possible along with the Cambria project, a mysterious high-end machine that is believed to be launched this October. Based on current rumors, the Quest Pro and Project Cambria are likely the same high-end all-in-one VR device.
Here’s what we know: Meta (formerly Facebook) is working on a sequel to Oculus Quest 2 (now Meta Quest 2) that will cost more than the best VR headset and will feature advanced sensors designed for Metaverse. The headset will also support exclusive mixed reality capabilities to justify the higher price tag.
Meta has now outlined its hardware plans for a new VR headset to be released in 2022. It now seems likely that the Quest Pro is this headset and not the rumored Meta Quest 3.
That’s everything we’ve heard about Meta Quest Pro, from a possible release date and price to design and special features.
“This is not the next Quest,” Mark Zuckerberg said during a teaser for Project Cambria. “It will be compatible with the Quest, but the Cambria will be a brand new high-end product.”
It turns out that this is – most likely – not entirely true. According to the latest leaks and rumors from renowned insider Brad Lynch, the Meta Quest Pro and Project Cambria are believed to be the same device.
A more recent leak seems to confirm the Meta Quest Pro name. With Mark Zuckerberg confirming the launch of the next major Quest headset in October, it’s likely that the Quest Pro will be the next hardware version.
The Meta Quest Pro is rumored to be a dual-screen device with a premium price of $1,500. That would put it in a different category than Meta Quest 2 and perhaps target it at developers and corporate users rather than gamers and consumers. However, it looks like it will work with the best Oculus Quest 2 games and therefore cannot be completely separated from the Quest brand.
In a podcast with Joe Rogan, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the next Meta VR headset will arrive this October. This is due to the annual Meta Connect conference that takes place in October of every year, and we could see the headset being launched at the event. We don’t have a specific event or launch date yet.
A leak from Brad Lynch points to a Meta Quest Pro release date of October 25, 2022, and pre-orders are available during Meta’s CEO Mark Zuckerburg’s keynote speech during Meta Connect.
A previous report by Information claimed that the headset could arrive in September, followed by three more headsets in 2023 and 2024.
The Meta Quest Pro is definitely not going to be one of the best cheap VR headsets out there.
In the teaser, Zuckerburg said Project Cambria will be “a high-end product and will be on the higher end of the price spectrum.” Testing new features and functionality seems to be more important than availability right now, and Zuckerberg said Cambria still has a long way to go before the company can “reach the price points we’re targeting with Quest.”
Zuckerburg did not appear to be misleading anyone when he made this statement. According to the latest rumors from Lynch, the Quest Pro comes with a $1,500 bundle that includes the headset, controllers, charging pad, and cables. The controllers are also rumored to come with a $300 charging dock.
This $1,500 price tag exceeds previous expectations. At the Instagram AMA, Facebook Reality Labs head Andrew Bosworth asked a question that mentioned the Quest Pro would debut at $600. The Information later reported that the rumored price was $799. The new price tag is almost twice as high.
If the Quest Pro is really that expensive, it would be one of the most premium devices on the market, way above the $900 HTC Vive Cosmos Elite or even the $1,000 Valve Index.
In the slightly blurry teaser video below, you can see what Project Cambria looks like in its current prototype form.
As you can see, it looks like most modern VR headsets, complete with a case for eyes, a head strap, and a pair of controllers. The device in the video is black, although this could just be a mystique tool designed to create a silhouette rather than a realistic image of the device.
The big question we’ll have about the design of the Oculus Quest Pro is weight and comfort, especially if it’s a machine we want to use to run the Metaverse all day. Meta announced its efforts to make it easier to wear virtual reality equipment for a longer period of time.
“We’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with display technology and form factor with something called ‘pancake optics’,” said Angela Chang, Head of Virtual Reality Devices at Meta. “Essentially, they work by stacking the light multiple times to achieve a thinner profile than today’s lenses.”
(Image credit: Brad Lynch)
In April, whistleblower Brad Lynch shared alleged images of Project Cambria that he says are “250%” real.
The Information’s extensive report on the Cambria headset claimed that the battery would be larger than that of the Quest 2 and would be located at the back of the headset for comfort reasons. The report also claimed that there would be eye and face tracking hardware that would apply your real-life expressions to a virtual avatar.
Further leaks have shed a little more light on the Quest Pro’s potential design. The device will use two displays rather than the single display in Meta Quest 2 or rumored Meta Quest 3. The displays are supposed to have a resolution of 2160 by 2160 pixels per display.
The most interesting Meta Quest Pro/Project Cambria feature we’ve heard about concerns the promise of capturing facial expressions with facial tracking sensors: “There’s a lot of new technology in Cambria,” Chang explained. “For example, your avatar will be able to make natural eye contact and reflect your facial expression in real time. That way, the people you interact with will have a real idea of how you really feel.”
Mark Zuckerberg confirmed this VR headset feature in a podcast with Joe Rogan. He said that you can “track your face in such a way that your avatar is not just a still thing, but if you smile or frown or pout or any other expression on your face, it translates it in real time to your avatar.” . avatar”.
Apparently, the sensors will be able to take into account different skin tones and facial features, such as a beard or glasses, according to Chang. The sensors can also be used to track the body and possibly limit how often the controllers are used by the user. We don’t like the current Oculus Quest 2 controllers, but AA battery replacement is outdated. At the very least, we’d like wireless charging. We’ve seen some purported promotional material suggesting this could be the case for the next Meta VR headset, but we can’t confirm if the images are real.
Sensors and controls aside, we expect the Meta Quest Pro 2 to have better performance than other Meta wireless headsets. A PC-related headset will likely win in terms of overall quality anyway, but there are ways to improve an all-in-one headset.
For example, Quest 2’s 120Hz refresh rate can be bumped up to 144Hz to match Valve’s index. And if Meta implements a custom silicone for the Quest Pro, then we might see faster processing and more efficient battery life compared to the Quest 2.
In the Project Cambria introduction, Zuckerberg also touched on the headset’s augmented reality potential, suggesting that it would be poised to compete with rumors of Apple’s mixed reality headset, Apple’s glasses, as well as Google’s alleged Google AR headset.
“Imagine working at a virtual desk with multiple screens, with your real desk so clearly visible that you can pick up a pen and write notes without removing your headset,” Zuckerberg said. “Or you train with a virtual instructor in your living room.”
Chang also promised that Cambria would support “high-resolution color mixed reality transmission”. This will show the real world in your headset with a sense of “depth and perspective”. Meta Quest 2 already has some degree of pass-through, but it’s raw. Sources from The Information confirmed Chang’s claim, suggesting something similar to Apple’s VR/AR headset rumors.
In a recent video, Mark Zuckerberg tried out the Project Cambria headset. While the headset was blurry, it showed off how its pass-through system delivers crisp, colorful AR images superimposed on the real world. Not only could this offer a new take on mixed reality gaming, but Zuckerberg noted that it could be used to expand a workstation with multiple proposed virtual screens into a space that only one monitor can support. Or how it can be used with a virtual instructor when exercising at home.
Given that we now expect the Meta Quest Pro and Project Cambria to be one and the same, it will be interesting to see which of these AR features will be available when the device eventually launches.
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