Meta continues to take steps forward in the development of its metaverse, even though this, as confirmed by Facebook itself, is still a long way from seeing the light. Mark Zuckerberg’s company plans to launch a series of virtual reality glasses in the coming months and at least until 2024, according to the company’s roadmap obtained by The Information. Among these VR devices is a high-end viewer belonging to the Quest brand whose price would be around $800.
The aforementioned high-end virtual reality headset that Meta is working on would be the first device to be announced. These VR glasses are known internally as ‘Arcata’ and could arrive during September. They will do it with more advanced features. Among them, are sensors to detect the movement of the eyes and thus create expressions in the avatars, or a higher quality screen that would even allow texts to be read more clearly. According to The Verge, this high-resolution screen will offer the ability to “write emails or code within the virtual reality environment.” All this, in addition, to the longer battery life compared to the Oculus Quest 2.
Its power, yes, would be somewhat more limited. Some members of the project even seem to describe this Meta viewer as a “Chromebook for the face”, since its operating system would only be capable of running “web-based tools and services” and “accessible through the web browser Meta virtual”.
Meta continues to work on ” Project Nazare “, his augmented reality glasses
In parallel, Meta plans to launch augmented reality glasses in 2024, known as ‘Project Nazare’. These, in particular, would work independently of the smartphone. They could arrive with their operating system -although based on Android- and would have a “wireless device in the form of a mobile phone”, which would be in charge of generating the necessary information for the operation of the lenses themselves, according to The verge.
Additionally, Meta is also working on cheaper AR glasses that would include a small screen to read alerts and notifications. These, in addition, could require synchronization with the smartphone.
The virtual reality headset known as ‘Arcata’ is expected to be available soon for around $799. They would be renewed in 2024, probably with improved features. Meta also plans to announce two cheaper scopes in 2023 and 2024. At the moment, only their code names are known: Stinson and Cardiff. Augmented reality glasses, for their part, will begin to be marketed during 2024, although their launch could be delayed.