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Tech behemoth Meta unveiled its latest virtual-reality headset Meta Quest Pro on Tuesday, at Meta Connect 2022. The much-awaited, high-end VR device is designed to entice creators and working professionals to adopt Zuckerberg’s vision for an immersive digital future.
Meta Quest Pro is the firm’s latest offering in a product line previously branded as Oculus. On releasing the new headset, the CEO said the goal is to make enhanced connections available to all PC users. The headset uses Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ semiconductor chip, making it more powerful than the Quest 2. It is 40% thinner with a new chip offering 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage.
Key Highlights at Meta Connect 2022
- Meta unveiled the Meta Quest Pro VR headset
- It collaborated with Microsoft, making its leading business applications – Teams, Office, and Microsoft 365 – usable in VR
- New social experience at Meta Horizon Worlds in VR
- New avatars and ongoing development related to AR glasses and personalized AI
Source: Meta Connect 2022
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The VR headset will cost $1,500 – three times the price of the Quest 2 – with an aim of targeting working professionals. Meta seeks to transcend the notion that VR is primarily the realm of gamers, with an effort to broaden its audience. Reports show that the Meta’s Quest 2 headset has sold an estimated 15 million units.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, “The ideal customers for this [are] gonna be either people who just want the highest-end VR device — so enthusiasts, prosumer type folks — or people who are trying to get work done.” The advanced headset is built to expand and bridge the possibilities of virtual and mixed reality.
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Meta claims that the device is the first headset to integrate inward-facing sensors that capture ‘natural facial expressions’ and eye tracking. Users can raise an eyebrow, smile, or make eye contact with someone, and their avatars would do the same. The company states, “All of this helps improve social presence — the feeling that you’re right there together with someone no matter where in the world you are.”
To know more, check out Meta’s blog here.