We mentioned that the big announcement we’re expecting today is the full reveal of Project Cambria – which various rumors and leaks have said will be called Meta Quest Pro (although I hope it’s not because I don’t like the name).
When Meta announced the Cambria at last year’s Connect, it told us that the headset would be a premium follow-up to the Oculus Quest 2, offering a much more upscale experience at a higher price.
Based on that, we expect the Project Cambria to have some spec upgrades in terms of RAM, processors, battery life, and storage space compared to the Quest 2. While we already know that the new headset will come with some unique features that not seen from Meta before.
The first is the color pass. The Quest 2 currently only has black and white passthrough, which means your external cameras can only show the real world in grayscale as you use it. Thanks to the new cameras, the Cambria will be able to show the real world in color, which should help make any augmented reality or mixed reality experience more real.
The other big improvement is set to be eye and face tracking. This will allow your virtual avatar to be more expressive and, as we saw in the PlayStation VR 2 demo, allow NPCs to react more realistically to you. We also hope that eye tracking will allow developers to use foveated rendering to create more graphically impressive games without needing massive improvements to the headset’s specs.
So you know the event is supposed to start at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST (3pm AEST on Oct 12), but how do you watch Meta Connect 2022? We’re covering all the major announcements from the keynote address here, but you have two options if you want to tune in and watch it yourself.
Your first is to go to the Reality Labs Facebook Page (opens in new tab) in a web browser and watch live stream ads as they happen there. You can do this from a smartphone, tablet or computer.
Alternatively, if you have an Oculus Quest 2, you can watch the event in the metaverse through Horizon Worlds. To do this, you must first go to the Meta Connect 2022 (opens in new tab) website in a browser where you can login and register. Once you’ve done that, you can update and open the Horizon Worlds app on your Quest 2, where you’ll find the Meta Connect program under the Events tab of the Horizon menu.
Welcome to our Meta Connect 2022 live blog! I’m Hamish and I’ll be here all day bringing you all the information you need to know about the event and any announcements Meta might be making.
What we’re most looking forward to is Project Cambria, a new VR headset to replace the hugely popular Oculus Quest 2, but we’re also hoping to see some software updates that will show us how the best Oculus Quest 2 games and apps take advantage of the Cambria’s new hardware.
Some of our other experts may also show up here throughout the day, so keep an eye out for their thoughts and analysis before we head into the event. During the talk itself, we will regularly update this page with all the latest news as Meta announces them.