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Meta To Launch New Virtual Reality Headset In October

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Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has revealed that it will debut a new virtual reality headset in October, which will be launched around the company’s annual Connect event.

This was revealed by Mark Zuckerberg, Chief Executive Officer of Meta during the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that was published yesterday.

Zuckerberg said that Meta’s new VR headset will get a few “big features”. The headset will have eye and facial tracking support. This will allow wearers to make eye contact in VR, according to Zuckerberg.

The avatar will also track the face to imitate and remote a wearer’s facial expression in real-time, he added. For example, if a user frowns or smiles, their avatars in VR will also imitate the same.
“There’s more nonverbal communication when people are with each other than verbal communication,” Zuckerberg said, referring to digital avatars that can be more visually compelling and interactive.

Although Zuckerberg did not refer to the name of the headset, however, it’s likely that the device he discussed was Meta’s upcoming headset that’s currently dubbed Project Cambria.

That VR headset will cost at least $800, significantly more than its flagship Quest 2 VR headset, which costs $399 or $499 depending on the model. The company recently raised the price of that device, attributing it to rising shipping and production costs.

Meta has been investing heavily in VR and its sibling technology augmented reality as it pushes the idea of the metaverse as being the next evolution of how people interact with computers. But it will likely be years before the company stems its hefty financial losses related to its metaverse investments, housed under Meta’s Reality Labs business unit.

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