New Leak Confirms Meta Quest Pro Headset
The widespread rumors about the Project Cambria headset were finally confirmed when the company announced that the headset is launching this October. While we now know the launch window of the headset, there are still some unknowns about the Project Cambria headset.
The official name of the headset was still an unknown but there is now further confirmation that the headset will be called Meta Quest Pro.
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The co-founder of the WebXR immersive ads company Zesty @_limbofeather tweeted a screenshot of VR headset usage. The screenshot shows that two devices called Quest Pro accessed Zesty content. The Quest Pro headset registered in the stats alongside numerous other devices.
@_limbofeather says that the device names shown in its stats are set by user agent strings. This is interesting given that the Quest Pro headset is yet to be launched. Some have speculated that the “Quest Pro” registered in the stats could be part of some prank where a few Quest 2 users figured out how to spoof their user agent strings. This is unlikely as it would require considerable effort to merely mess up with some random ad platform.
It remains to be seen whether the Quest Pro will be the finalized name or whether it is merely a placeholder name in the run-up to the launch in October. The internal name, Project Cambria, is unlikely to be the official name.
As we stated in a previous post, Meta Quest Pro would be a very logical option given that Meta Quest is already a well-established brand and a “Pro” suffix often denotes a high-spec version of a device. For consumers, this will make a lot of sense.
In an interview with podcaster Joe Rogan, Zuckerberg emphasized Quest Pro’s features such as eye and face tracking that are capable of syncing up with a user’s digital avatar in real-time.
These tracking features will ensure more lifelike experiences in VR. Ordinary users will more readily embrace virtual reality if there is some fluidity in the experience.
Although Zuckerberg does provide any specifics, it is already known that this will be a high-end virtual reality headset and will likely carry a higher price tag.
There is speculation that the headset could cost $1,500 or thereabouts. This price tag will, undoubtedly, dim the mass market appeal of the headset which is why it is targeted at professionals and hardcore virtual reality enthusiasts.
The Project Cambria prototypes seem to spot outward-facing cameras which indicates that they will be able to integrate the physical surroundings into virtual environments, the so-called color passthrough functionality.
The design of the MetaQuestPro also appears less clunky than that of the headsets on the market. However, it isn’t clear whether the designs seen in the prototypes will be the final models.
All details will be clear next month when the headset launches.