Project Cambria is Launching in October
The new Meta Quest Pro, previously dubbed ‘Project Cambria’ is set to launch in October 2022, Zuckerberg has revealed in The Joe Rogan podcast.
Before the interview on The Rogan Experience commenced, Rogan talked of trying out the new Meta Quest Pro headset in a demo where an alien was in front of him. According to Rogan, the virtual being moved her mouth when he moved his and she tracked his eyes when he moved them to the left and right. When Rogan made an angry face, the virtual alien also made an angry face.
Rogan’s description is of the eye and face tracking of the new Quest Pro headset. The headset was first announced at Connect 2021 as launching in 2022. It is codenamed Project Cambria and has been described as a high-end VR headset that will be sold alongside the Meta Quest 2. Meta had also stated that its price tag will be “significantly” more than $800 after rumors began swirling that the headset would cost about $800. This is reportedly an enterprise headset that is aimed at remote workers as well as the early adopters of mixed reality headsets ready to cough up the presumably steep price tag. The headset will still run the existing Quest content.
Last month, a dataminer unearthed its ‘Quest Pro’ name inside an Oculus iOS app. Last year, Zuckerberg also used the name in a CNET interview.
Compared to the Quest 2 headset, the Quest Pro headset features a more balanced design and has a slimmer visor. This slimmer design is thanks to the pancake lenses it uses that can support smaller displays and a narrower gap between the lenses and the panels. Meta has also stated that the Meta Quest Pro has much higher resolution cameras that have a color passthrough feature as well as a depth sensor for mixed reality. They also feature built-in face and eye tracking to power the avatars in social experiences such as Workrooms.
In April this year, supply chain analyst Ming-Chi Kuo claimed that the Project Cambria headset will feature 2160×2160 Mini-LED LCD panels compared to Quest 2’s 1832×1920 pixels per eye regular LCD panels. Import logs, presumably for the headset’s development kits also show it will have 12GB RAM. The Oculus Quest 2 packs 6GB RAM.
In the Rogan podcast, Zuckerberg said that Meta will share additional details about the Meta Quest Pro at Connect 2022. The event date hasn’t been confirmed yet.