Meta plans to launch a new high-end virtual reality headset, codenamed Project Cambria, this year. Some details about the product and Meta’s VR headset roadmap surfaced in a report.
Cambria has been described internally as a “laptop for the face” or a “Chromebook for the face”. Information. It is believed to have features similar to that of the Chromebook and will use Meta’s own VR operating system based on Android. It is expected to be compatible with some Quest apps as well as web-based tools and services. However, despite Meta promoting the Cambria as a device of the future, it may not be able to run native desktop applications commonly used by many businesses.
Cambria is said to have high definition image quality. This allows users to read text clearly, allowing them to send email or code while wearing headphones. In other words, it may be suitable for professional purposes.
Cambria will provide users with a view of their surroundings using outward facing cameras. This feature, called full color transition, will enable mixed reality experiences. When it announced Cambria in October 2021, Meta said the headset will include eye tracking and facial expression recognition. Avatars of users like Horizon Worlds and Workrooms will reportedly reflect their expressions and where they’re looking, she said.
The headset is believed to weigh more than the Quest 2 due to a larger battery. But apparently this is placed at the back for better balance.
The Cambria will reportedly hit shelves around September and will cost more than $799. It was originally scheduled to launch last year, but was delayed due to supply chain issues and other complications brought by the pandemic, according to the report.
Looking ahead, Meta is said to have three more headsets that it plans to launch in the next few years as it pushes forward with its passion for the metaverse. Information It suggests Meta will release Quest titles in both 2023 and 2024, and the successor to Cambria, currently codenamed Funston, in 2024. Also, it was recently reported that Meta plans to launch its first augmented reality glasses in 2024.
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