The Metaverse, which is currently being worked on by Facebook’s parent company, will soon have to be tackled primarily in virtual reality or augmented reality. To help you with that, Meta also has a great line of VR goggles on the show. 4 pieces at least.
Facebook bought Oculus in 2014, when it was still a start-up company primarily focused on VR and gaming. It’s now part of the established order and is probably the biggest name in VR, thanks in part to its successful Quest 2 headset. At the same time, VR may not necessarily be a huge moneymaker for Meta. It even lost €9.7 billion in 2021 on virtual reality and augmented reality.
Meta’s VR hardware division is called Reality Labs and it has done well thanks to Quest 2 on the one hand, but it also costs a lot of money on the other. Not only in development costs, but also, for example, in the purchase of a developer like Supernatural and the transfer of exclusivity in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas.
Fortunately, it doesn’t stop the company from going ahead with virtual reality. Quest offers more expensive and cheaper virtual reality glasses. One of the most well-known future glasses is Project Cambria, which is mixed reality and will launch later this year. That means you have virtual reality apps and augmented reality apps. According to The Information, four headsets will arrive between now and 2024.
Cambria is a more expensive virtual reality headset and it would appear in September of this year. We still have a lot to hear about Meta, especially since the successor is already on its feet: it should arrive in 2024 (code name is Funston). You’d better save some money for the Cambria Project if you’re interested. The device costs $799 (760 euros), considerably more than what you pay for a Quest VR headset (about 349 euros, depending on the type you choose).
For this, you primarily get high-resolution image quality, so you can even write emails or code in the VR environment. The headset runs on the Android operating system and has a robust processor, making it more of a Chromebook than a smartphone when it comes to computing power. Also, the device has a large battery that sits on the back of the head, which should provide more comfort. To make your avatar match you even better, your viewing movements and facial expressions are read. In short: a headset clearly made to enter a metaverse.
Two other headsets to come are still shrouded in mystery: Stinson and Cardiff are the code names, and they’re coming next year and in 2024. These are successors to the Quest and will likely come in at a lower price. One last headset that is also planned for 2024 is Nazare, a project about which a little more is already known. These augmented reality glasses should become a kind of smartphone for your head. At least if it depends on Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, who wants the glasses to work separately from his phone. With Project Nazare on your nose you see the real world, but a virtual layer is placed on top with which you can, for example, read incoming messages.
In short, there is much to come for Meta, which is undoubtedly betting more on virtual reality because that would be the best way to enter its Metaverse. Right now, it’s also the only way to get into Horizon Worlds, which is the Meta test in the Metaverse. Horizon Worlds is also coming to smartphones later this year, but for now the intention is for the Metaverse to be primarily a VR affair. And Meta is ready to take care of not only the software, but also the hardware.
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