We already know that Meta (formerly Facebook) plans to launch its latest Meta Quest Pro VR headset later this year. Meanwhile, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is giving the world a rare look at several cool prototypes the company is testing.
The CEO took to Facebook and posted a short video showing off four unique VR headset prototypes, each with a specific function. None of them are ready for everyday use or as a finished product, but they all solve a piece of the puzzle that the company hopes to combine to deliver the best AR/VR experience in the distant future.
The goal, according to Zuckerberg, is to create something that can eventually pass the “Visual Turing test” and make virtual reality almost indistinguishable from the real world. That future is still a long way off, but the company is busy working on it.
As we move further into the metaverse, we are investigating how to develop a virtual reality display system where what you see in your headset is as vivid and detailed as the physical world. Mark Zuckerberg just shared the details here https://t.co/jinbBB4stF pic.twitter.com/toxEcYABT8
– Meta Newsroom (@MetaNewsroom) June 20, 2022
The first prototype is known as “Butterscotch”. His goal is to increase the number of pixels in the headphones to achieve what Meta called “retinal resolution.” This prototype offers about 2.5 times more pixels than the current Meta Quest 2 headset on the market, but with half the field of view. If Meta can combine the two, it will be incredibly sharp and clear.
In the video and Facebook post, we also get a look at headphones dubbed “Starbursts,” which are HDR compatible. This crazy prototype hits over 20,000 nits of brightness, about 20 times brighter than most smartphones. The headset is huge, heavy, and is purely a sampler to help Meta push the limits while she works on the next big thing.
Mark Zuckerberg also revealed another AR/VR headset that uses eye-tracking to change focus on the fly, similar to real life. That way, users can focus on every detail of the virtual world, both up close and from afar.
And finally, the video ends with the fourth prototype, which looks like a final product. Meta calls it “Holocake 2,” and it’s a working VR headset that’s reportedly powerful enough for PC VR gaming. Eventually, Meta wants a scope similar to this one to use holographic optics, but apparently, we don’t have a laser capable of doing what the company wants.
From everything we hear, Meta plans to release two lines of VR headsets soon. One is a more affordable and user-friendly device, similar to the Quest 2. Then they will eventually offer a second headset with much of the company’s latest innovative technology for professional use scenarios. Either way, it’s good to see what the company is preparing for the Metaverse.
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