October 7, 2022
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Hello, and welcome to Protocol Entertainment, your guide to the business of the gaming and media industries. This Friday, we revisit a conversation we had with Mark Zuckerberg earlier this year, and share some of his previously unpublished thoughts on Meta’s next work-centric VR headset.
Meta is poised to unveil its next-generation VR headset, code-named Project Cambria, at its Meta Connect conference on Tuesday. The device is expected to have a higher-resolution display as well as a smaller form factor and better weight distribution than Meta’s Quest 2 VR headset.
Cambria will also be a lot more expensive, and Meta likely won’t market it as a consumer VR headset at all. Instead, the company is expected to position it as a device that helps knowledge workers to be more productive and creative. I got a brief demo of Cambria earlier this year and also talked to Mark Zuckerberg about his vision for the metaverse.
Zuckerberg told me why Meta built Cambria and why the company thinks it’s a great work device — a subject worth revisiting ahead of next week’s unveiling, especially since not all of his remarks made it into my stories in May.
Zuckerberg also pitched VR as a better solution for virtual collaboration, arguing that it offers a much better sense of presence than a Zoom call does.
Cambria will only be a first step. Zuckerberg also made it clear that Meta is looking to invest in VR for work for years to come.
Zuckerberg is delivering the keynote speech for Meta’s Connect conference, which will be held online in its entirety, at 10 a.m. PT on Tuesday. The conference will also once again feature Meta Reality Labs consulting CTO John Carmack with one of his freewheeling “unscripted” talks.
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