VR gamers around the world are eagerly awaiting news regarding the next VR generation expected in the recently announced Meta Connect event for 2022. This event was recently revealed by Meta and VR gamers suspect that the latest Quest VR headset, codenamed Project Cambria, is part of the coming announcements. Teased in the trailer revealing the event, announcements for the future of the Metaverse and Meta’s Horizon social platform have been suggested to be included.
Originally Oculus VR, the first headset released by the company was possible thanks to the backing of Facebook. The Oculus Rift was released in 2012 and started the dawn of VR gaming, which included competition with PlayStation VR and Steam’s HTC Vive headsets. Oculus also released the Quest, a standalone wireless headset that ended up being the company’s focus. Even with the Oculus Rift S, the company decided to discontinue the Rift line in 2021 and focus on its wireless headset solution.
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The success and potential of VR led Facebook to change its name to Meta, which was announced in 2021 by the founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg. This represented the future that the company wanted to create as they focus their attention on creating a ‘Metaverse’ for the future. Growth for VR as a gaming platform increased due to the Covid pandemic that started in 2020 and the popularity has also been influenced by releases such as the anime Sword Art Online and the movie, Ready Player One.
The VR Headset Expected At Meta Connect
Project Cambria is the name of the new Meta VR headset that is expected to be announced during Meta Connect. This new headset has been spectated to be the Meta Quest Pro, an improved version of the Quest 2 currently out. The features expected for this new VR device include a high-resolution color screen, internal sensors for eye tracking, and advanced augmented reality technology. The Meta Connect event was posted on social media, where announcements for the VR future of Meta will debut.
This upgraded VR headset will be expected to cost significantly more than the Quest 2 currently released. Hopefully, eye-tracking will be a revealed feature of the new headset as it will make a massive difference by reducing eye-strain fatigue and adding new possible mechanics relating to this new feature. The AR technology should also help awareness of the surrounding area, meaning that more space could be used without worrying about hazards.
This will likely set the future for VR gaming as there are features included in this VR headset that should be made into a standard. Eye tracking is one of the biggest features needed for VR as eyes naturally focus and blur out everything around a focal point. As VR stands today, everything is blasted at the eyes, which adds to the eye fatigue many users experience. Whether or not the Quest 3 will have these features for its future release is uncertain, but it will be interesting to see what Meta has planned for the Metaverse.
Meta Connect will be held in VR through the Meta Horizon Worlds app on October 11, 2022. The event will bring together AR/VR developers, creators, marketers, and more, with announcements expected during the event regarding the future of VR. The event is free and open for all to attend. For more information regarding the Meta Connect event and how to attend, check out the website using the following link.
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