Meta announced that its Connect conference will be live on October 11th at 1PM ET / 10AM PT. In a post on the Oculus blog, the company said it will cover progress on Metaverse and provide “a look at what’s to come in the near and distant future.” The ads don’t measure up to last year’s Connect, when the company changed its name from Facebook to Meta, but the company said it will see information in the Horizon Worlds virtual reality app and refers to it as a high-end “Project Cambria.” ” headset also appears.
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company would be announcing a new VR headset in October, and on Tuesday, he backed up that idea with an image he posted to Facebook. The device he’s wearing in the photo looks similar to what we’ve already seen in Project Cambria.
According to Zuckerberg, the headset will have eye and facial tracking and color passthrough, and it’s rumored to have a higher-res screen than the one currently included in the Oculus Quest 2. It is also expected to be more expensive than Quest 2. It recently increased its price to $399.99.
Last month, Zuckerberg announced that there would be details about “major updates to Horizon and Avatar graphics” announced at the Connect conference. Horizon Worlds is the company’s flagship Metaverse app, which allows people to create their own experiences and hang out in virtual reality (similar to programs like VRChat). Zuckerberg recently posted a screenshot of Horizon, which garnered a lot of mockery — and spawned a lot of memes — for its relatively low-quality graphics. The Meta CEO responded to the memes by promising significant upgrades, which we’ll hear more about on October 11.
The company has made a big bet that the Metaverse is the future, and is spending billions of dollars a year trying to make it happen. I suspect we’ll see it try to justify that expense at Connect, and try to convince people to focus on the Metaverse rather than mock it.