The Oculus Quest Pro could be Meta’s next VR headset. The same goes for Project Cambria, a mysterious high-end machine that’s supposed to launch later this year. The Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria could very well be the same all-in-one VR device.
Here’s what we know: Meta (formerly Facebook) is working on a follow-up to the Oculus Quest 2 that will cost more than the best VR headset and come with advanced sensors designed for the Metaverse. The headset will also support exclusive mixed reality experiences to justify the higher price.
Whether Project Cambria is a code name for an Oculus Quest Pro or an initiative that will exist separately from the Oculus Quest is not entirely clear. What is certain is that Meta has worked out its VR hardware plans to deliver a new headset in 2022.
That’s everything we’ve heard about Meta’s Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria, from a possible release date and price to special design and features.
Oculus Quest Pro vs. Project Cambria
The Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria could be the same device. Project Cambria could be a codename for the Oculus Quest Pro while Meta’s next headset is in development. It’s also possible that Project Cambria isn’t called the Oculus Quest Pro but a different name unrelated to the Quest line of headsets.
“It’s not the next quest,” Mark Zuckerberg said during the Project Cambria teaser event. “It will be compatible with Quest, but Cambria will be a completely new premium product.”
Obviously Meta is positioning Project Cambria as an elevated VR headset over the current Oculus Quest 2, but it looks like it will work with top Oculus Quest 2 games and therefore may not be completely separate from the brand. Quest. Anyway, regardless of any news, rumors or leaks of Meta’s upcoming VR headset, we’ll be speculating the Quest Pro and Project Cambria on the same device.
Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria release date
We don’t yet know the exact release date for Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria, but Meta has provided an estimate of when we can expect the company’s new VR headset to launch. During the Project Cambria streaming event, it was announced that the device would arrive “next year”, in reference to 2022.
Intel from an XR analyst says Project Cambria is coming in the second quarter of 2022. That’s the period from April to May, which isn’t that far off. If this information is correct, we would expect to see an influx of rumors leading up to the launch.
Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria price
As you may know, the Oculus Quest 2 costs $300, which we consider a competitive price for a VR headset. However, the Quest Pro or Project Cambria will almost certainly cost more. It’s not going to be one of the best cheap VR headsets.
The Cambria project will be a “premium product and it will be at the high end of the price range,” Zuckerberg said during the aforementioned teaser event. Testing new features and functionality seems to be a higher priority than affordability at the moment, with Zuckerberg saying Cambria still has some way to go before the company can “reach the price points we’re targeting with Quest.”
In an Instagram AMA, Facebook Reality Labs head Andrew Bosworth posed a question mentioning the launch of Quest Pro with a $600 price tag. Although Bosworth didn’t provide an actual answer, $600 is a compelling argument, as it would make the Quest Pro or Project Cambria cheaper than the $900 HTC Vive Cosmos Elite or the $1,000 Valve Index.
Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria design
In the slightly blurry teaser video below, you can get a glimpse of what Project Cambria looks like in current prototype form.
As you can see, it looks like most modern VR headsets, with a case for your eyes, a strap that fits around your head, and a pair of controllers. The device in the video is black, although this could simply be a mystery tool, intended to create more of a silhouette than a realistic rendering of the device.
A big question we’ll have about the Oculus Quest Pro’s design is weight and comfort, especially if this is a machine we’ll want to use to work all day in the Metaverse. Meta expressed his efforts to make VR hardware easier to wear for a longer period of time.
“We’re pushing the boundaries of what’s possible with display technology and form factor with something called ‘pancake optics,'” said Angela Chang, head of VR devices at Meta. “They basically work by folding the light multiple times to achieve a thinner profile than current lenses.”
Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria Features
The coolest feature of Project Cambria that we’ve heard about promises to capture facial expressions through face tracking sensors: “There’s a ton of new technology coming into Cambria,” Chang explained. “For example, your avatar will be able to make natural eye contact. and mirror your facial expressions in real time. This way, the people you interact with will have a real idea of how you really feel.
Apparently the sensors will be able to adapt to a range of skin tones and facial features like beards or glasses. The sensors could also be used for body tracking and perhaps limiting how often a user needs controllers. We don’t like the current Oculus Quest 2 controllers, but replacing AA batteries is getting old. At the very least, we’d like wireless charging. We’ve seen alleged promotional materials suggesting this could be the case for Meta’s upcoming VR headset, but we can’t confirm if the images are real.
Beyond the sensors and controls, we expect the Oculus Quest Pro 2 to deliver better performance than Meta’s other wireless headsets. A PC-bound headset would still likely win in terms of overall quality, but there are ways to improve the all-in-one headset.
For example, the Quest 2’s 120Hz refresh rate could be increased to 144Hz to match the Valve Index. And if Meta implements custom silicone for the Quest Pro or Project Cambria, then we might see faster processing and better efficiency for battery life compared to the Quest 2.
Oculus Quest Pro and Project Cambria augmented reality
In the Project Cambria reveal, Zuckerberg also touched on the augmented reality potential of the headset, suggesting that it will come close to competing with Apple’s Mixed Reality Headset or Apple Glasses.
“Imagine working at your virtual desktop with multiple screens, while seeing your real desktop so clearly you can pick up a pen and write notes without removing your headset,” Zuckerberg said. “Or you do a workout with a virtual instructor in your living room.”
Chang also promised that Cambria would support “high resolution and colorful mixed reality passthrough.” It will show the real world in your headset with a sense of “depth and perspective”. The Oculus Quest 2 already has some degree of passthrough, but it’s crude.
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