Zuckerberg’s new VR headset has been dubbed a “laptop for the face”

Zuckerberg's new VR headset has been dubbed a

The device will reportedly use Meta’s VR operating system based on Android, that can support web-based tools and services, as well as some Quest apps. The ‘Oculus Quest Pro’, as it is referred to by VR enthusiasts, will reportedly cost around $799 (£638). That’s more than double the $374 (£299) price for current Oculus Quest VR headsets. So, what do you get for the extra price? Cambria is said to have high-resolution image quality that could allow wearers to perform functions like sending emails or even code while wearing the headset.

Project Cambria will be a hybrid virtual reality and augmented reality headset with specifications similar to a Chromebook. Meta, a Facebook-owned company, plans to release a new high-end virtual reality (VR) headset this year under the codename Project Cambria. According to details obtained by The Information, the new device has been internally referred to as a ‘laptop for the face’ or a ‘Chromebook for the face.’ Project Cambria will be a hybrid virtual reality/augmented reality headset with specs similar to a Chromebook.

Highlights

  • Cambria’s main highlight would be its ability to manage full-color passthrough for mixed reality, taking the immersive experience up a notch. It also features a bigger battery than the Quest 2, mounted on the back to make it more comfortable to wear, and sensors inside that can track eye movement and facial expressions that will be reflected onto the user’s virtual avatar. According to The Information, Meta plans to release Project Cambria as early as September, followed by an updated version, currently codenamed Funston, in 2024.

  • Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Paley Center in New York, Oct. 25, 2019. Newly unredacted documents from a state-led antitrust lawsuit against Google accuse the search giant of colluding with rival Facebook to manipulate online advertising sales. The CEOs of both companies were aware of the deal and signed off on it, the complaint alleges. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File). Facebook-owner Meta is planning to release a new high-end virtual reality (VR) headset this year, codenamed Project Cambria (Picture: AP).

That’s around the same time Meta is rumored to launch its AR glasses, codenamed Project Nazare, that would allow the wearer to view people as 3D avatars and interact with them in real-time. Facebook acquired Oculus, the virtual reality company, in 2014 for $2 billion. Today it has become the focus of Zuckerberg’s future of the company, especially since the rebrand to Meta. According to Meta’s earning report from last week, Meta has spent around $3.7 billion (£2.9 billion) on Reality Labs, its VR and AR division. In comparison, the metaverse vertical has only made $700 million (£559 million) in revenue.

Project Cambria was first announced at the Meta Connect conference in October 2021 and Mark Zuckerberg had described it as ‘a completely new advanced and high-end product’ which will sit ‘at the higher end of the price spectrum’. Meta wants to position its headsets for use in the workplace but that will be difficult unless it can run native desktop apps commonly used by businesses. Cambria’s main highlight would be its ability to manage full-color passthrough for mixed reality, taking the immersive experience up a notch (Picture: Facebook Connect). The Information’s report also revealed that the upcoming versions of the Quest headset, codenamed Stinson and Cardiff, are slotted for release in 2023 and 2024.