Meta is set to finally show off its Project Cambria VR headset on October 11, but the company’s other successor to the company’s Quest 2, the Oculus Quest 3, may have leaked.
With the Oculus Quest 2 being a huge success, Meta announced it was working on two follow-up devices. The first is Project Cambria (which is believed to be called Meta Quest Pro), and it will almost certainly debut in Meta Connect 2022, if Mark Zuckerberg’s teasers are to be believed.
This premium VR headset has both eye-tracking and mixed reality capabilities (meaning it can facilitate both VR and AR experiences), with rumors suggesting it will feature 8GB of RAM and dual mini LED displays with a refresh rate of 120Hz and resolution of 2160 x 2160 pixels.
However, it is expected to cost a fair amount more than Quest 2 (which costs $400 / £400 / AU$630), with an alleged leaked internal script saying it will cost at least $800 (about £200). 710 / AU$1,230). ).
Therefore, users on a budget may want to check out the other Meta 2 tracker from Meta. Little is known about this device other than its codename, Project Stinson, but Meta said it will be a truer sequel to Quest 2, falling between it and Project Cambria in terms of features and capabilities. Given its placement as a proper follow-up to Quest 2, many (ourselves included) are assuming it will be called the Oculus Quest 3.
Now it looks like part of the mystery has been taken away from the Oculus Quest 3, as a leaker Brad Lynch (opens in new tab) apparently revealed the product’s CAD files and current specifications.
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Based on appearance alone, the leaked model looks like a sequel to Quest 2, borrowing many of the same design elements. The head-mounted display once again appears to house all the technical components, and the strap looks unchanged from what we’ve seen on the Meta before – suggesting it won’t copy the more comfortable, easier-to-adjust battery-housing strap of the new headset. peak 4.
In terms of specs, the headset is more surprising for what it doesn’t include than what it does. While it apparently has two RGB, which can make it easier to switch colors to more immersive AR, there’s no eye tracking, which should be a big improvement for the Project Cambria, Pico 4 Pro, and PlayStation VR 2.
In addition, the IPD adjustment – the distance between the lenses that users need to change to adjust to the eyes to make the image less blurry – appears to follow a similar system to the Quest 2. The image that takes a look inside the headset shows the same window to see the IPD setting as in Quest 2. Presets are generally good, but with Pico 4 offering more gradual IPD adjustments, we’d expect Quest 3 to follow suit.
All leaks should, of course, be taken with a pinch of salt, but Lynch has a decent track record, so what he shared is worth paying attention to. We’ll likely hear some details about Quest 3 (or whatever it’s called) during Meta Connect 2022 to build excitement for a 2023 event reveal, but we’ll have to wait and see.
Review: Is Quest 3 a sufficient upgrade?
These early specs and the CAD model design show us a device that looks a lot like the Quest 2, making it look like a VR headset that isn’t much more capable or more comfortable to wear than what we already have.
There are still a number of details we don’t know, such as RAM, screen resolution, storage space, and (most importantly) price, and Meta will need to make sure their Quest 2 follow-up offers plenty of updates in these departments if they don’t want to fall behind. its new rival, the Pico 4.
We’ve just received Pico 4 for review, and its improvements over Quest 2 are already clear. That’s not to say it doesn’t come with some downsides – several of the best VR games aren’t available on the platform to begin with – but from a technical standpoint, we’re impressed with the Meta competitor.
Quest 2 has had a fairly easy ride thanks to its affordable, low-cost design and lack of budget-friendly competitors, but it won’t be easy to navigate to Quest 3. If Meta wants to keep its place at the top of the VR ladder, it you need to give us a reason to prefer your hardware over the competition.