New Quest Pro VR headset unveiled by Mark Zuckerberg
At an online developer event, Mark Zuckerberg presented the Quest Pro, a new VR headset.
The Quest Pro costs $1,499 (£1,499), nearly four times as much as Meta’s current headset, the Quest 2, which has a starting price of $399.
It claims slimmer lenses, a curved battery around the back of the head strap, and self-tracking controllers.
The headset also enables users to see their actual surroundings outside of the screen.
Unlike its predecessor, Quest Pro supports mixed reality, allowing users to view digital information overlaid in the real world.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, called mixed reality “the next important step for VR.”
According to Tuong Nguyen, a Gartner researcher, the device is more suitable for “high-end, enthusiast, and possibly enterprise customers” than the mass market, according to Tuong Nguyen.
According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, the workplace platform Windows 365 will also be accessible on it, as Meta aims to position mixed reality and virtual reality as both a work tool and a form of pleasure.
The company Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is banking on the development of the metaverse, a virtual environment where users may both conduct their daily lives as avatars and explore fantastical virtual worlds.
Although several IT companies are developing their own metaverses, it will probably be years before any are realised.
During the event, there was a lot of discussion about virtual reality apps, some of which have proven to be quite profitable for their creators, such as the VR version of the video game Resident Evil 4, which generated $2 million in sales in its first 24 hours.
Iron Man and Among Us were among the new VR video games that were introduced, along with a future collaboration with Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming. However, there was no news regarding the eagerly anticipated VR version of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which some fans had hoped for.
According to Andrew Bosworth, YouTube VR is one of the most downloaded apps from the Quest store.
According to Vishal Shah, vice president of Meta, “the ultimate goal for the metaverse is to feel like any other social encounter, great and small.”