One would think that a company that’s going all in with virtual reality would make sure that employees feel comfortable while using the required hardware. That, however, does not seem to be the case when it comes to Meta Quest and the Metaverse.
In a piece from Bloomberg, we learned that Meta employees responsible for the virtual world aren’t working within it. Would you want to use the Metaverse if you knew the people behind the scenes were not keen on using the tools they’re trying to sell you?
Around a dozen employees (former and present) told the publication that the Meta Quest headsets were not being used. Meta staff was not even using the tool for meetings, which was one of the big selling points when Mark Zuckerberg started the platform’s big marketing push.
I wonder if Metaverse workers would be more comfortable with Apple’s upcoming $3,500 Vision Pro headset. Considering Apple’s ability to (sometimes) innovate, the Meta Quest may have some real competition if the price becomes more consumer-friendly.
A new Meta Quest headset is finally debuting this fall, but the base price is jumping from $399 to $499. Oof. At least it’s still less expensive than Sony’s PSVR2.
But what is driving the increased price for the new Meta Quest? According to a new video from the company, the Meta Quest 3 has 2x the processing power and is about half as thin as its predecessor. The cameras at the front of the VR headset will allow for augmented reality, and the displays will output an unspecified “higher resolution.”
Thankfully, it appears that your old library of Meta games will be compatible with the new hardware. Sadly, we’ll have to wait until September 27th, when Meta Connect happens to find out more.
What do you think of VR tech? Was it more of a novelty than a serious contender in work and leisure spaces? Let us know below![Source: Bloomberg] [Source: Meta]
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