Facebook’s parent company Meta on Tuesday unveiled a high-end virtual reality headset that will soon allow people to work and play in a still elusive place called the ‘Metaverse’. I expect
The $1,500 Meta Quest Pro headset features high-definition sensors that allow you to see a mix of virtual and augmented reality in full color, eye tracking that mimics the movements of the wearer’s face, and so-called “natural facial expressions.” , so your avatar looks natural. Interact with other avatars in a virtual reality environment.
Meta, formerly known as Facebook, is in the midst of a corporate transformation that is said to take years to complete. The company hopes to evolve from a provider of social platforms to a dominant force in a nascent virtual reality construct called the Metaverse. It’s like the Internet brought to life, or at least rendered in 3D.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg describes the Metaverse as an immersive virtual environment, a place where people can virtually “enter” rather than stare at it on a screen. The company has invested billions in the Metaverse project, and it will likely take years to pay off.
VR headsets are already popular with some gamers, but Meta recognizes that that alone isn’t enough to make the Metaverse mainstream. As such, the company has its sights set on office (and home office) workers.
“Meta is positioning its new Meta Quest Pro headset as an alternative to using a laptop,” said Rolf Illenberger, founder and managing director of VRdirect, which builds VR environments for the enterprise. . But he added that for businesses, operating in the Metaverse virtual world is still “quite overkill.”
Meta also announced that legs will soon be added to its Metaverse avatars. It’s an important detail that’s been missing since Avatar debuted last year.
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