By most accounts, Meta’s Quest 2 virtual reality headset is a huge success for the company. Now it looks like Meta is looking to capitalize on that success with a sequel VR headset. This new headset improves upon the Quest 2 with some useful new features.
Ming-Chi Kuo, normally known for his Apple-focused leaks, given some details of the new VR headset. It will likely be known as the Quest 2 Pro rather than the Quest 3 and will feature upgraded specs like 2160 x 2160 mini LED screens for each eye and a dual element lens design.
Meta would release new Oculus Quest with better design & immersive experience in 2H22. I’m repeating predictions from my report from last year on upgrade highlights, including:
1. 2.48" mini LED display with a resolution of 2160×2160 (per eye).
2. 2P Pancake (vs. current 1P Fresnel).
& mdash; Guo Ming-Chi Kuo (@mingchikuo) Apr 8, 2022
Other features may include support for facial recognition and even eye tracking. As for a release date, Kuo believes the Quest 2 Pro will be released sometime in the second half of this year. A launch close to Christmas would make a lot of sense to take advantage of the holiday season. This will also allow Meta to lower the price of the existing Quest 2 to bring more people into the ecosystem.
The Meta Quest 2 is the most popular VR headset and it doesn’t even come close. TA’s recent Steam survey had a market share of about 46%. It goes without saying that Meta would try to improve it while continuing its “metaverse” aspirations.
Meta is also still developing a mixed-reality headset called Project Cambria. Unlike VR, this headset would make it possible to overlay virtual objects over the real world. Think of walking down the street and getting GPS navigation right on the sidewalk or in the air. This is part of the metaverse that CEO Mark Zuckerburg envisioned when explaining the company’s change from Facebook to Meta.
However, competition is intensifying as other companies continue to enter the VR and AR space. Sony has finally unveiled the final design of its PlayStation VR2 headset. It includes eye tracking and 4K HDR displays with haptic feedback built into both the controllers and headset. This is undoubtedly similar technology to the PS5’s DualSense controllers.
If the Meta Quest 2 Pro is indeed real, we’ll likely hear an announcement from Meta in the coming months. The company canceled its annual F8 conference this year to “prepare for new initiatives” aimed at building the metaverse. That means it will likely be a separate special event or announcement.