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Metaverse And Meta’s New Project Cambria And Oculus Quest 2 Pro VR Headsets

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Introduction To Project Cambria And Quest 2 Pro

If you’ve been following the news, you know that the metaverse has been the new buzzword in town that promises to transform your life. The metaverse is a concept for the future of the internet, where individuals will be able to meet up in virtual worlds to do things like work, play, and just relax. It’s possible that some of these virtual worlds will require specialized eyewear and gear to access, while some will be played out using virtual reality headsets. The word Metaverse has been in flux and may continue to do so as it comes to life.

The word “metaverse” has been bandied for many years. The technology concepts that underlie virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D computing isn’t new at all. In other words, this is merely the most recent high in a long-term effort to make these advancements accessible to all of us.

The metaverse is accessible only to those who have the proper gear. When it comes to your destination, it all depends. Facebook wants you to buy one of its Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality (VR) headsets. In order to use the device, there is no requirement to have a PC or a gaming console since this headset supports standalone VR a form of VR where the headset has all the necessary components to function on its own without needing a PC or a console. Other headsets from VR headset manufacturers including Valve, HTC, HP, and Sony, all of which must be used with PCs or PlayStation 4/5 consoles besides a few exceptions like the HTC Vive Focus. This is a new directive from Meta since 2019 as they promised to only release headsets that support standalone functionality. More headsets will be available by the end of the year, some of which may link to phones.

Unveiling a Metaverse AI Supercomputer

Metaverse AI Supercomputer

Research into artificial intelligence (AI) has been made easier by Meta’s new AI Research SuperCluster (RSC) supercomputer. It is expected that the RSC will aid in the development of new and improved complex AI models that can work across hundreds of different languages and new augmented reality instruments.

Advanced artificial intelligence will necessitate machines capable of performing quintillions of operations per second. Meta’s researchers have already used RSC to train huge models in natural language processing (NLP). Additionally, Meta utilizes computer vision to train models with trillions of parameters across all of its businesses. When it comes to detecting hate speech on social media platforms such as Facebook and Instagram, content-moderation algorithms and augmented-reality capabilities will be deployed in the future.

Quest 2 Pro and Project Cambria

Quest 2 Pro

Meta (formerly known as Facebook and/or Oculus) is working on a virtual reality headset called Project Cambria, although no one knows precisely what it will look like.

Aesthetically, the Oculus Quest 2 doesn’t look all that different from this one, although it does seem lighter and more fashionable. On top of that, we expect it to be substantially more potent than its predecessor.

At the Connect 2021 event, we were expecting Meta to introduce the Quest 2 Pro, but instead, they teased “the next Quest,” a premium VR headset dubbed ‘Project Cambria,’ which is anticipated to be released this year.

The ceremony made apparent that ‘Project Cambria’ is a premium product by Mark Zuckerberg. “The next Quest,” he claimed, adding that it would be compatible with Quest. However, he said it was a “totally new, advanced, and high-end device” that would be at “the higher end of the pricing spectrum.

Cambria and Quest 2 Pro Release Date

Metaverse

At this time, Meta’s Project Cambria headset, which is commonly referred to as a Quest 2 Pro, is scheduled to be released sometime in 2022. Because Meta has not disclosed any other information regarding the headset, it is all we have to go on in terms of a release date for the device. However, it is possible that Meta may propose this in September during their annual Connect event and that it will be available in time for the holiday shopping season. Having said that, if we’re unlucky, it could possibly slip into 2023; nevertheless, the firm appears to be adamant that it will arrive in 2022.

What To Expect from the Next Generation of VR Headsets?

Next Generation of VR Headsets

According to official statements from Meta and some rumors, the next generations of headsets from Meta will most likely include features such as eye-tracking, improved hand tracking, and augmented reality features in combination with virtual reality making the headsets into mixed reality headsets instead of just VR. Furthermore, these new headsets will include sensors that monitor your eye and lip movements, which will be resulting in more realistic avatars, and therefore more engaging, virtual interactions in the metaverse.

Apart from the headsets, Meta is also working on other hardware equipment such as VR gloves that will let you feel the sensation of grabbing objects in VR. However, these will probably not be released very soon. We also saw a Meta branded haptic vest called OWO from OWO Game at CES early this year that lets you physically feel touch in VR. This implies that Meta is working closely with other companies to make VR body suits though no further information has been disclosed.

There is still a lot we don’t know about Meta’s VR aspirations, despite the company having published some specifics regarding Project Cambria. According to the experts, another major virtual reality and augmented reality campaign appear to be on its way, complete with a metaverse.

The Oculus Quest 2 Pro is also rumored to be on the way (though the Oculus name will be dropped in the future in favor of Meta branding). Recent rumors have speculated that an upgraded successor to the Oculus Quest 2 might make an appearance with whatever Project Cambria is – however it is possible that these two rumored devices are actually the same piece of technology.

In addition to new games that may be enjoyed as immersive virtual reality experiences, we may also see announcements about new gear. At this point, it is likely that we will see at least one, if not two, virtual reality products from the Meta company by the end of this year. When you consider the success of the extremely outstanding Quest 2, it is possible that these devices may lead to a significant increase in the number of people who explore virtual worlds and video games.

Conclusion: Should You Wait for Quest 2 Pro and Cambria or Buy Quest 2 Now?

AI Research SuperCluster (RSC)

It appears that the Cambria Elite Strap with Battery-style strap has a tightening knob on the back and a built-in battery pack, as depicted in these images. As a result, it will have a faux leather forehead cover instead of a foam face cover.

In contrast to the Quest 2, Project Cambria has a much slimmer front and appears to be more like a pair of glasses than a watch. With the lenses’ “pancake optics,” they are able to “fold light multiple times over” so that they can have a smaller, lighter profile with a more significant number of “optics layers.” According to Meta, this leaked design is in accordance with official information. Even with the Elite Strap, you’ll have a lot lighter headset as a result of this design.

Even though the front of Cambria is primarily matte black, there are translucent sections that allow the device’s built-in cameras to see about. The “Lua composite” is created by the two lower cameras. In comparison, the 16MP HD camera in the middle adds color and higher quality to the faster visual input from the lower cameras. As a whole, they’ll provide a lot more immersive experience than the Quest 2’s woefully underpowered cameras.

In terms of how IPD correction is handled, the Quest 2 had a lot of room for improvement. Rather than using a knob, Cambria’s lenses will be able to be physically dragged. A greater maximum IPD is expected with the updated headset, which is said to be “smooth all the way through” and to have different displays.

Quest 2 Pro is expected to use mini-LED lenses with a resolution of 2160×2160 per eye and to operate at a frame rate of 90 Hz, according to current rumors. It’s a significant improvement from the Quest 2, which had a resolution of 1832 x 1920 pixels per eye. Relatively similar to the Quest 2 were the resolution, field of vision, and overall visual experience. If you’re a frequent Quest 2 player, you probably won’t notice much of a difference despite the new hardware.

Considering the above facts, both Cambria and Quest 2 Pro should be a good improvement over the current Quest 2 offering. However, we are yet to see a release date and pricing for these new headsets. Specifically, Project Cambria seems to be a higher-end product costing a lot more than the Quest 2. Thus, if you want to experience the Metaverse as soon as possible, buying a Quest 2 now rather than waiting for the new headsets to arrive would be a wise choice as the overall value of the Quest 2 seems unlikely to reduce anytime soon even after these new headsets arrive. Therefore, you can resell your Quest 2 to buy the new ones if you want when they arrive without losing much of what you’ve spent which would be a win-win situation.

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Matthew Schofield

Matthew Schofield has more than 10 years of experience in E-Commerce and Digital Marketing Strategies. Apart from his professional area, he has an ideal knowledge and is interested in research and writes articles in science, technology and entertainment fields.

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