The wait for Meta’s next VR headset is almost over, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirming it’s coming in October during an appearance at the Joe Rogan Experience.
While Zuckerberg doesn’t specifically call the headset by name, it’s almost certainly Project Cambria – the long-awaited follow-up to Meta’s Oculus Quest 2. now in September, Meta has just a few months to fulfill his promise.
Furthermore, Zuckerberg is unlikely to be talking about an alternative VR device like the Oculus Quest 3. about them as if they were still in the early stages of development.
On the other hand, Project Cambria is ready for use by the general public, with podcast host Joe Rogan (opens in new tab) describing his time with the headset as “amazing”.
Trick and Treat from Project Cambria
The Project Cambria is intended to be Meta’s premium line of VR headsets – a long-time Apple VR headset competitor that we definitely won’t see at Apple’s upcoming iPhone 14 event.
Based on leaks discussing what the Project Cambria is capable of, it will likely have at least 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage. We can also see its processor get a boost, with a new processor likely coming from Meta partner Qualcomm. Additionally, the Cambria is expected to incorporate two mini LED displays that will likely offer a 120Hz refresh rate (to improve the Quest 2’s 120Hz “experimental” feature).
Most importantly, Cambria will use face and eye tracking to enhance your experiences. Facial tracking will help make Meta’s VR avatars more realistic as they will be able to mimic the user’s facial expressions. In the meantime, as explained by the developers of Moss in our interview with them, eye tracking will allow VR game creators to make better use of the Cambria’s processing power. They will only do this by correctly rendering the areas that players are looking at.
But these improved specs will come at a price. Back in May, a leak appeared to show Meta’s internal roadmap for its upcoming VR headsets with the Cambria costing $799 (about £640 / AU$1,125). That’s roughly double the cheaper Oculus Quest 2 model after the price increase.
Unfortunately, speaking of the price increase, we should expect the Cambria price to go up as well. Quest 2’s rising production costs are almost certainly mimicked by Project Cambria. As such, we’d be surprised if it launches as low as $799, but we’ll have to wait and see what Meta announces in October.
Last but not least, you probably won’t have to worry about calling your headset Project Cambria all the time. Unsurprisingly, Meta is believed to be calling the VR headset the Quest Pro – which is based on various rumors and leaks, including a line of code in the Oculus mobile app on the iPhone.
With Project Cambria launching next month, it won’t be long before Meta officially shows what the headset is capable of, and when it does, we’ll be ready to tell you all about it.
While you wait, why not use Meta’s current best headset with our picks for the best Oculus Quest 2 games?