Facebook held its Facebook Connect (formerly Oculus Connect) annual augmented reality and virtual reality conference this week--virtually, of course--and it was highlighted by the debut of the Quest 2 headset. The social network said the Quest 2 was redesigned to be smaller and over 10% lighter than the original Oculus Quest, and its suggested retail price starts at $299, $100 below the original Quest. Pre-orders are open here, and the Quest 2 is slated to ship Oct. 13. The new headset runs on the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Platform, giving it its highest-resolution display ever, at 50% more pixels than the first-generation unit. Oculus said in a blog post, "Our goal with the original Quest was to bring stand-alone VR to as many people as possible. We're doubling down on that goal with Quest 2. It combines the performance gamers want with the flexibility people need, all at a price significantly lower than similarly featured headsets on the market. Quest 2 is more than just the next step in all-in-one VR. It represents years of feedback from developers, gaming enthusiasts and the broader VR community, and we couldn't be more grateful for this ongoing support."
Rokid's AR glasses aren't ready for public consumption, but the company is releasing them this year anyway. Rokid is an AI company based in China and it's made a name for itself building smart home products, but its latest gadget is a pair of frames that aim to be the AR glasses of our sci-fi dreams. Right now, however, their functionality is limited.
During its Oculus Connect live stream event on Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the rumored partnership between his social media platform and eyewear conglomerate EssilorLuxottica (which owns the RayBan and Oakley brands, among myriad others) is indeed very real and that the pair are actively developing AR-enhanced glasses which should be ready for release next year. The only issue is that they won't be made available for sale to the general public. Heck, Facebook doesn't even want you to call them "prototypes." Dubbed Project Aria, these smart glasses are more of a research platform than consumer-ready face gadget. In fact, the company explicitly states that Aria is not even considered a prototype.
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