TECH NEWS – We can probably expect it around the Connect conference, at least according to what Mark Zuckerberg has hinted…
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that Meta’s next virtual reality headset will arrive in October. Zuckerberg was interviewed on Joe Rogan’s podcast, indicating that the device – almost certainly a headset codenamed “Project Cambria” – will likely be released around the company’s annual Connect event.
“For the next device that’s coming out in October, there’s a few big features,” Zuckerberg said at the beginning of the podcast, talking about VR.
He went on to describe new social features that will be made possible by eye and face tracking. “The ability to now have kind of eye contact in virtual reality,” Zuckerberg said as part of the feature list. “Have your face be tracked so that way your avatar – it’s not just this still thing, but if you smile or if you frown or if you pout, or whatever your expression is, have that translate in real time to your avatar.”
This is in line with what we know so far about Project Cambria, which is said to feature a high-resolution colour screen, internal sensors for eye-tracking and sophisticated transitive augmented reality. As Bloomberg reported last month, leaked code suggests the device could be called Meta Quest Pro. Whatever it’s eventually called, the Cambria will sit alongside the lower-end Meta Quest – though Meta is reportedly already planning the next generation of both headsets.
The project is unrelated to Meta’s augmented reality glasses, which are still in the works.
The Cambria will reportedly be “significantly” more expensive than the existing Quest, which recently raised the price to $399. Meta had previously said the device would be released sometime this year, which aligns with Zuckerberg’s current quote.