Meta Quest 2 | Image: Meta

Zuckerberg is Eyeing an October Release for the Meta Quest 2 Successor

The Meta Quest 2 VR headset is getting a successor and it’s been confirmed by none other than Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself. Oculus Quest 2 or Meta Quest 2 is currently the most advanced all-in-one VR headset in the market and comes with an impressive library of great games and immersive experiences that give users unparalleled freedom. Now, Zuckerberg and Meta are gearing up to release a follow-up to the VR headset and recently Meta’s CEO shared a few key details surrounding the headset, including the launch window.

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Meta Quest 2 | Image: Meta

Meta Quest 2 | Image: Meta

Talking with Joe Rogan on his The Joe Rogan Experience podcast on Spotify last week, Zuckerberg expressed that the company is planning to launch a successor to Meta Quest 2 this October at the Meta’s Connect conference. He stated that the upcoming VR headset, codenamed “Project Cambria” will have “big features” and concentrate on “social presence,” as well as things like eye-tracking and face-tracking.

As per Meta CEO, the new eye-tracking feature in the upcoming Meta Quest 2 successor will enable users to look eye-to-eye with others in the virtual world (sort of like helping users make virtual eye contact), while the face tracking feature will allow your avatar to track your face and mimic the user’s expression in real-time. Zuckerberg explained, “have your face be tracked so that way your avatar — it’s not just this still thing, but if you smile or if you frown or if you pout, or whatever your expression is, have that translate in real-time to your avatar.”

But the long list of features doesn’t end here. On the podcast, Zuckerberg mentioned that the upcoming VR headset will “unlock” the feeling and sense of being in the presence of another person. He remarked, “when you’re on a video call you don’t actually feel like you’re there with the person. To me, what virtual reality unlocks is that it really convinces your brain that you’re there.” This basically suggests that the new Meta Quest 2 successor will help make video conversations feel more real and life-like and bring in a level of immersion that creates a sense of illusion as if the person you are talking to is right in front of you.

Virtual Reality and the concept of the metaverse are currently one of the major technologies companies around the globe are focusing on to help create a safe virtual haven for everyone. Mark Zuckerberg seems already knee-deep in the idea and his vision for the metaverse. Right now, there’s not much we know about the Oculus Quest 2 successor’s features but going by Zuckerberg’s statements we expect something truly next-gen that further thins the boundaries between VR and the real world.

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Shubhendu Vatsa

Shubhendu Vatsa is an experienced reporter specialising in video game, eSports and technology coverage. A BTech IT graduate, Shubhendu has previously written for entertainment-based publications such as GiveMeSport, Touch, Tap, Play, Attack of the Fanboy, EssentiallySports, Twinfinite and The Load Out.