Facebook owner Meta unveils $1,500 VR headset: Will it sell?

Facebook owner Meta unveils $1,500 VR headset: Will it sell?

Facebook parent Meta revealed Tuesday a high-end VR headset with the hope that people will soon use it to work and play in the mysterious “metaverse”. “

The $1,500 Meta Quest Pro headset sports high-resolution sensors that let people see mixed virtual and augmented reality in full color, as well as eye tracking and so-called “natural facial expressions” that mimic the wearer’s facial movements so their avatars appear natural when interacting with other avatars in virtual-reality environments.

Formerly known as Facebook, Meta is in the midst of a corporate transformation that it says will take years to complete. It wants to become a major provider of social platforms and a dominant player in a new virtual-reality construct called “the metaverse” — akin to the internet brought to life or at least rendered in 3D.

CEO Mark Zuckerberg described the metaverse to be an immersive virtual environment that people can “enter” rather then just looking at it on a screen. The company is investing billions into its metaverse plans, which will likely take many years to pay off.

VR headsets have been popular among some gamers, but Meta is aware that this won’t be enough for the metaverse to become mainstream. It’s aiming to make the metaverse mainstream by setting up office and home office workers.

“Meta wants to position the new Meta Quest Pro headset to be an alternative to using a computer,” Rolf Illenberger said, founder and managing director at VRdirect, which creates VR environments for businesses. He said that it is still difficult for businesses to operate in the virtual worlds created by the metaverse.

Meta announced that its metaverse avatars would soon have legs — a crucial detail that has been missing since last year’s debut.

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