Last month, we delved deep into Mark Zuckerberg’s grand universe and part of the hardware Meta is working on to deliver it, in the form of Project Nazare augmented reality glasses. Now The information reports on a virtual reality hardware roadmap that runs until 2024 with four scheduled headsets, starting with the previously annoyed Project Cambria VR headsets we expect to see later this year.
According to his sources, The information says Meta plans to launch Project Cambria, a higher-end device than Quest’s current hardware and known internally as Arcata, in September, followed by an updated version, now codenamed Funston, that follows in 2024.
Sources also point out that the first Project Cambria will cost around $ 799, well above the $ 299 / $ 399 price tag for Quest VR headphones. The information a Meta spokesman told the outlet that the price for the Cambria would be “significantly higher”. As for what it offers for an extra price, sources say it has high-resolution image quality that is clear enough to read text so you can enter emails or code in a VR environment.
Even with its price and high-resolution display, the headset will run on Meta’s Android OS and will have processing power more like a low-end laptop, such as a “Chromebook for the face” that works with web applications, and at least some Quest software already available. Still, the Cambria’s main selling point should be its ability to drive a full-color mixed-reality transition, a larger Quest 2 battery mounted on the back to make it more comfortable to carry, and sensors inside that can track eye movements and facial expressions to match the user’s virtual avatar.
As for the other two VR headsets, The information announces that upcoming versions of the Quest headset are codenamed Stinson and Cardiff, with release dates currently set for 2023 and 2024.
The Nazare AR glasses should also be launched in 2024, along with the cheaper Hypernova smart glasses and a differential electromyographic wrist strap that will allow wearers to control them through thoughts. While Alex Heath announces that Project Nazare is designed to run independently of a mobile phone and without the restrictions of Apple or Google’s app stores, Hypernova will pair with the user’s smartphone to put notifications and messages on a heads-up display. Then a lighter version of the high-end AR glasses may arrive in 2026, and the third revision in 2028. When you add this product roadmap along with the latest acquisitions of Meta, the smartwatch we expect to see this year , and another version of the Ray-Ban smart glasses, you can see why Zuckerberg spends so much money to create.