Facebook’s parent company Meta has confirmed that its new virtual reality headset more powerful than the Meta (previously Oculus) Quest 2 – but it’s for work, not games.
Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg discussed the new headset codenamed Project Cambria in the company’s latest earnings call before going into more detail in a Facebook post spotted by PC Gamer.
“Later this year we’ll release a higher-end headset [than the Oculus Quest 2]codenamed Project Cambria, which will be more focused on work use cases and eventually replacing your laptop or work setup, “Zuckerberg said.
“This premium device will have improved ergonomics and full color passthrough mixed reality to seamlessly blend virtual reality with the physical world,” he continued.
“We’re also building in eye tracking and face tracking so that your avatar can make eye contact and facial expressions, which dramatically improves your sense of presence.”
Zuckerberg promised that more details on Project Cambria would be revealed in the coming months, but made clear that this is a point of entry for the company’s current focus: the metaverse.
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Various companies, including Fortnite developer Epic Games, have declared interest in the metaverse but the concept is still in its very early stages with different investors having different ideas.
Meta’s version appears to be a complete digital existence, with Zuckerberg hinting that customers’ entire workspace will now be within a virtual, or at least augmented, version of reality.
While Project Cambria is not about gaming, last week’s Meta Quest Gaming Showcase made clear the company is still pursuing a more traditional gaming route.
Ghostbusters VR and Resident Evil 4 – The Mercenaries VR were both announced for the platform alongside new virtual reality games based on Among Us, The Walking Dead, and the NFL.
It’s not all about the digital space though, as Meta’s first retail store, set in the real world (specifically in Burlingame, California) will open next month.
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