Meta said earlier this month that it would lay off more than 11,000 employees, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote that it would shift more resources to AI and the metaverse’s long-term vision.
The change has been criticized by those who say it should scrap the VR-powered plan and start over.
Zuckerberg has also faced scrutiny over the proposed acquisition of virtual reality content maker Within Unlimited, though the Federal Trade Commission argues that the deal would “create a monopoly” in the market for virtual reality fitness apps.
However, while the metaverse has faced criticism, VR headsets are still popular with gamers.
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However, prices can vary, and Meta Quest Pro is another of Meta’s bets.
Meta announced last month that the VR headset was available for purchase, but are holiday shoppers getting their money’s worth?
The company’s “most advanced headset,” the first in a new “high-end class” of VR headsets, costs a hefty sum of nearly $1,500.
That order includes the headset, two auto-tracking Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, stylus tips, partial light blockers, and a charging dock.
In a statement, Meta said it enables “full-color mixed reality,” blending virtual experiences with the physical world, and comes with high-resolution sensors, next-generation pancake optics, advanced LCD screens, and a sleek, comfortable design with eye-tracking. . and natural facial expressions.
“All of this makes Meta Quest Pro the perfect device for collaborating and working much more naturally in VR. And we plan to work closely with developers over time to create a rich ecosystem of experiences that take advantage of the Meta Quest Pro’s groundbreaking mixed reality and social presence capabilities,” the company wrote, adding that it’s excited to see what developers create with the tools released for the Presence Platform’s suite of machine perception and AI capabilities. .
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Meta added that the headset would be “ideal for the future of work,” including use in Horizon Workrooms meetings, as well as for art and other activities.
“Meta is positioning the new Meta Quest Pro headset as an alternative to using a laptop,” Rolf Illenberger, founder and managing director of VRdirect, told The Associated Press, noting that for businesses, operating in the virtual worlds of the metaverse It’s still “quite a stretch”.
The company said it was continuing to improve the VR software experience and would add recording and streaming for MR in a future software update.
It is available to consumers where Meta Quest products are supported online and at select retailers, including Best Buy and Amazon.
Other headphones cost hundreds of dollars less, although they offer different functions.
The Meta Quest 2 is down from around $400 to $350 on Saturday, and the Oculus Quest 2 is selling for $500.
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The Playstation VR2, which has smart eye tracking, sharp focus, immersive 3D audio, and more, will be available in February for around $550.
Apple VR/augmented reality headset it is rumored to cost more than $2,000, according to Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman.
The cost will reportedly be due to the powerful hardware used.
China said earlier this month that it aims to ship more than 25 million virtual reality headsets by 2026.
Reuters and The Associated Press contributed to this report.