Project Cambria Price Will Be ‘Significantly Higher’ Than $800
Following The Information report that Meta’s upcoming high-end Project Cambria headset would cost $799 or thereabouts, a company spokesperson has now clarified that the headset will be priced significantly higher than $800.
Codenamed Project Cambria, it is expected to ship later in the year. Meta has also stated that the high-end headset is targeting workplace use-cases rather than gaming uses although it is compatible with Quest games.
The Information report had cited two people “familiar with the matter” and suggested a target price of $799. The report also stated that Meta had lined up three other virtual reality headsets for launch between now and 2024.
Meta has said that the Project Cambria headset would eventually replace the laptop or the conventional work setup and bring in a new era of computing and work that will take place in the metaverse, behind a sophisticated virtual reality headset. These functions will be possible as a result of the headset’s “improved ergonomics” as well as a full-color passthrough mixed reality functionality capable of blending the real and virtual worlds. The company also stated that it is working on eye-tracking and face tracking so that avatars will be more sophisticated and realistic, capable of making eye contact as well as facial expressions which will considerably enhance the sense of presence and immersion in virtual reality interactions.
It is expected that Project Cambria will use pancake lenses which will give it a slimmer front-end design. Project Cambria’s controllers will reportedly also be capable of tracking themselves.
The Information report says that the Quest 2 headset will be followed by two new headsets that are expected to hit the market in 2023 and 2024. A second version of the Cambria headset will also be launched in 2024 according to the report.
The Verge has previously done an extensive report on Meta’s Augmented Reality glasses development and stated that those plans will run in the latter part of the decade.
Apart from its lineup of headsets, Meta is also developing a wrist-worn neural input device along with Portal video calling appliances. Meta will likely align these products with one another in the successive generations thereby giving buyers the justification to spend on multiple pieces of its growing hardware.
As Meta continues to work on its product roadmaps, it is possible that these launch timelines may also change in the coming years. The target prices for its devices could also change dramatically.