Meta’s received so much on its metaphorical plate, from the latest announcement of its newest VR/AR headset, the Meta Quest 3, to its social media platform launch to rival Twitter, Threads. The corporate is reportedly chopping again on a few of its tasks, together with its most high-end, mixed-reality headset, the Meta Quest Pro, by nixing the undertaking and discontinuing work on a Quest Professional 2.
Stories from The Information declare that Goertek, the Quest Professional producer, will solely construct headsets so long as the out there materials provide permits. Meta instructed its suppliers as early as the start of the yr that it could not want any new elements for the Quest Professional.
The corporate can also be shutting down the event of a second-generation Quest Professional. With the upcoming launch of the Meta Quest 3, it seems Meta would possibly wish to deal with extra inexpensive headsets.
The Meta Quest Professional had only launched in October, after a lot anticipation from followers of the blended actuality group. Upon its launch, Meta marketed it as a VR/AR headset aimed toward professionals greater than a gaming system.
The Quest Professional shortly attracted criticism for a design that left a lot to be desired, due to its heavy weight and awkward match alongside the brow, its low cost really feel, and an underwhelming software program platform. When the worth of the Quest Professional was introduced at $1,500, many had been outraged on the steep value — Meta ended up dropping the worth to $1,000.
Meta is getting ready to launch the Quest 3 after nearly three years for the reason that launch of its predecessor, the Quest 2. The Quest 3 will reportedly provide a superior XR expertise to the Quest Professional, as it can characteristic the next decision, a depth sensor, and two 4MP cameras as an alternative of 1.
The brand new line of Meta AR glasses additionally will not characteristic new high-end shows, as was initially meant. The identical report from The Info states Meta’s AR glasses, often known as Artemis, will as an alternative characteristic Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), an older glass lens and show know-how. The largest drawback with this tech is that it lacks brightness, a essential trait for AR glasses to show graphics onto objects in vivid environments.
Meta’s Artemis AR glasses may even solely characteristic a 50-degree discipline of view, in comparison with the 70-degree FOV initially deliberate. A lidar sensor on the Artemis’ wi-fi puck, which accompanies the glasses to dump components of the computing, was additionally eliminated to chop prices. It might’ve helped detect the system’s environment and incorporate them higher into the digital world.
Whether or not or not Meta will dive again into the skilled viewers stays to be seen. The corporate will possible return to high-end VR/AR manufacturing if Apple’s Vision Pro does properly and the market takes off. Nevertheless, Meta’s software program platform nonetheless has an extended option to go to fulfill the high-end, blended actuality market the Quest Professional aimed toward.