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Meta’s VR Roadmap Reportedly Plans Four New Headsets For Release Until 2024

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Last month, we took a deep dive into Mark Zuckerberg’s big metaverse plan, and some of the hardware Meta is working on to deliver it, in the form of Project Nazare’s augmented reality glasses. utilities The information reports on a virtual reality hardware roadmap running through 2024 with four headsets on the schedule, starting with the previously teased Project Cambria VR headset that we expect to see later this year.

According to his sources, The information says Meta plans to release Project Cambria, which is a more expensive device than current Quest hardware and known internally as Arcata, in September, followed by an updated version, currently codenamed Funston, in 2024 .

The sources also indicate that the first Project Cambria will cost around $799, well above the $299/$399 price for Quest VR headsets. The information A Meta spokesperson tells the outlet that the price for Cambria would be “significantly higher.” As for what it offers for the extra price, the sources say it has a high-resolution image quality that’s clear enough to read text, so you can type emails or code in the VR environment.

Even with its price and high-resolution screen, the headset will run Meta’s Android operating system and will have processing power more like a low-end laptop, like a “Chromebook for the face” that runs web apps, as well as on its own. least some Quest software already available. Still, the main selling point for Cambria should be the ability to manage full-color mixed reality passthrough, 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 movements and facial expressions to assign to the user’s virtual avatar.

As for the other two VR headsets, The information reports that upcoming versions of the Quest headset are codenamed Stinson and Cardiff, with release dates currently projected for 2023 and 2024.

The Nazare AR glasses are also set to be released in 2024, along with the cheaper Hypernova smart glasses and a differential electromyography wristband that will allow wearers to control them through mind. While Alex Heath reports that Project Nazare is built to run independently of a cell phone, and without the limitations of Apple or Google’s app stores, Hypernova will pair with a user’s smartphone to put notifications and messages on a heads-up display. . After that, a lighter version of the high-end AR glasses could arrive in 2026, and the third revision in 2028. If you add that product roadmap along with Meta’s recent additions, the smartwatch we expect to see this year, and a Another version of the Ray-Ban smart glasses, you can see what Zuckerberg spends so much money on creating.

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