Meta Announces Next Four Years AR/VR Hardware Roadmap: Quest 3, All Smart Glasses

IT House News On March 1, The Verge received Meta's Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) hardware development plan for next four years. The company plans to launch its first VR hardware in 2025. Smart glasses with a display, and also released a smart watch with a neural interface designed to control these glasses. Meanwhile, company's first full-fledged augmented reality glasses are slated for release in 2027, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has predicted they will eventually be as widely used as phones.

Meta Announces Next Four Years AR/VR Hardware Roadmap: Quest 3, All Smart Glasses

In terms of virtual reality, flagship Quest 3 headset released by Meta later this year is half weight of previous generation, but at least twice as powerful (RMB) Quest 2. As with recently released Quest Pro, mixed reality is going to be huge an advantage for Quest 3, which will allow you to view real world through front camera, and there will also be 41 new applications and games that will accompany launch of Quest 3. Quest 3.

Also, Meta plans to release a cheaper headset codenamed Ventura in 2024, and Meta hasn't said if second generation Meta Quest Pro is coming soon. After Ventura, Meta plans to release a state-of-the-art headset, codenamed La Jolla, that will create realistic VR avatars.

In addition to Quest line, thousands of Meta employees are creating augmented reality glasses of future and wrist devices that control them. The key difference from virtual reality is that company intends to use augmented reality glasses throughout day as a smartphone replacement. Zuckerberg called them "Holy Grail" that will "change our relationship with technology" by end of century.

At Tuesday's briefing, Meta VP of Augmented Reality Alex Himel laid out a set of plans for device development through 2027, first of which will be a second generation of Meta's partnership with Luxottica this fall. Smart glasses with cameras.

In 2025, Meta will launch a third-generation smart glasses that will be equipped with a display called a "viewfinder" for viewing incoming text messages, scanning QR codes, and real-time translation. The glasses will be equipped with a "neural interface" strap that will allow wearer to control glasses with hand movements.

Even though Meta has canceled plans to launch a smartwatch with a detachable display and camera, company is still working on new smartwatches to complement its 2025 glasses. Smartwatches have a "neural interface" that acts as an input device.

The first pair of true augmented reality glasses from Meta, which company has been developing in-house for eight years, codenamed Orion, is a more technologically advanced and more expensive pair designed to project high-quality holographic avatars into space. real world. According to Himel, there will be an "internal launch" for employees in 2024 to test glasses, and Meta won't release them to public until 2027, when Meta will unveil what Himel calls its "innovative" line of AR glasses. and Libra series is positioned below as smart glasses and second-generation neural smart watches.

Nearly 2 billion pairs of regular glasses and hundreds of millions of smartwatches are sold every year, and Meta plans to leverage its existing advertising business model to monetize these future devices. According to Himel, thanks to theIt is possible to sell virtual goods, add-ons such as cloud backup and augmented reality advertising, which can generate a higher average revenue per user than currently in social networks.