The boss of Facebook has finally given news of the next virtual reality headset that will come out of its factories. The famous “Cambria Project” should materialize at a conference in October 2022.
The highly anticipated Meta Quest Pro could arrive in the coming weeks. During an interview with controversial podcast host Joe RoganMark Zuckerberg has announced that a new virtual reality headset will be announced by Meta during the month of October 2022. The Facebook boss did not explicitly say that it would be the Meta Quest Pro, but all the rumors recent developments seem to point in this direction.
A headset with face tracking
The helmet, still known for the moment as “Project Cambria”, has been talking about it for almost a year now. At the end of 2021, a YouTube video showed the outlines of this new gadget, after which a massive leak presented the characteristics of the helmet in the month of April 2022 and promised a release during the second half of 2022. The dates therefore seem to stick between what the promises leaks and what Mark Zuckerberg announced.
According to the boss of Meta, this new helmet would ship “several important new features“including the ability to track facial movements to ensure that”whether you smile, frown or pout […] these expressions are translated in real time in your avatar“. Again, this corresponds to the recent revelations on the Cambria project. This headset, intended as a very high-end alternative to the Meta Quest 2, would also carry two screens (2160 x 2160 px per eye) and would be able to juggle between virtual reality and mixed reality.
A price “at the top of the price range”
After almost a year of teasing of all kinds, we could finally see this helmet materialize in the coming weeks (probably around the annual Connect conference). Meta is playing big with the release of this gadget. The Quest Pro (like the latest rumors seem to call it) must be both a high-end gateway into the metaverse, a technically more interesting alternative to Meta Quest 2 and a springboard for an entire line of headsets that Facebook/Meta would have in the drawers.
If the technical characteristics of the helmet are revealed little by little, it remains to be seen how much the toy will cost. According to Mark Zuckerberg himself, the Cambria project will be “at the top of the price range“. There are only a few more weeks to wait to find out what the boss of Facebook means by this.