Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, has announced that the business will release a new VR headset in October, the month in which it traditionally hosts its Connect VR conference.
In an episode of the Joe Rogan Experience podcast that aired on Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg revealed that Meta’s next VR headgear will include new features designed to give users a sense of “social presence.”
According to Zuckerberg, the next virtual reality headset will have improved eye and facial tracking. Using these capabilities, he added, virtual reality users’ digital avatars would be able to mirror their facial expressions.
Zuckerberg added, “There’s more nonverbal communication when people are together than spoken communication,” alluding to the visual appeal and interactivity of digital avatars.
Zuckerberg may have been referring to Meta’s future headset, now codenamed Project Cambria, even though he did not specifically name the device. A minimum of $800 will be required to purchase that virtual reality headset, which is much higher than the company’s current top-tier Quest 2 VR headset, which retails for either $399 or $499.
The price of that equipment was recently increased by the manufacturer due to increases in packaging and labor costs.
As it promotes the concept of the metaverse as the next step in the evolution of human-computer interaction, Meta has been investing substantially in virtual reality and its brother technology, augmented reality.
However, it may be a while before Meta’s Reality Labs division is able to turn around the company’s massive losses from its investments in the metaverse.
For example, in 2021, Meta’s Reality Labs division lost $10.19 billion on sales of $2.27 billion.
Zuckerberg also compared Twitter, which is embroiled in a court battle with Tesla CEO Elon Musk over his effort to back out of buying the social media business, to the Instagram user experience.
According to Zuckerberg, “you get all these individuals who are really smart and are saying super insightful things, but a lot of them are very cutting.” I can’t spend much time on Twitter without getting frustrated, I’ve found.
Whistleblower allegations were filed earlier this week by a former Twitter security head who claims the firm misled its board, users, and shareholders about its security procedures and policies.