Project Cambria, the metaverse-focused Oculus Quest 2 successor, might be revealed next month, as Meta just announced a one-day virtual event. Taking place on October 11, the Connect conference lines up with release date details teased previously by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, meaning we could get a solid Quest Pro release date and a glimpse at the company’s next VR headset.
Zuckerberg previously revealed that Project Cambria would join the Oculus Quest 2 in October on an episode of the Joe Rogan podcast (via UploadVR) To hammer home the idea that the Quest Pro is coming next month, the CEO shared an off-centre selfie wearing a black VR headset on Faebook with the caption “See you at Meta Connect on Oct 11.”
To drum up hype for the potential Project Cambria reveal, there’s now a Meta Connect site, complete with a countdown timer. A blurb on the page says the event will explore “the building of the metaverse and the future of augmented and virtual reality,” adding further probability to the Quest Pro’s presence.
It’s worth reiterating that the Quest Pro isn’t just a device for VR gaming. In fact, Zuckerberg seemingly views the VR headset as a work PC and laptop replacement, rather than just a portal for virtual games. That’s not to say you can’t mess around with Beat Saber and other Meta Store releases, but the fact it costs around three Quest 2 headsets means you’re potentially better off waiting for the Oculus Quest 3.
The Oculus Quest 2 is still one of the best VR headset options on the market, but a recent price hike means it now costs more. Valve’s latest Hardware survey also suggests a Steam VR user decrease, so perhaps the arrival of a new headset can give Meta a second wind, providing the rumoured Pico 4 rival doesn’t step in and snatch more players.