Meta announced that the Connect conference will be broadcast live at 1:00 PM ET (8:00 PM Kyiv time). In an Oculus blog post, the company says it will highlight the progress made in the metaverse and offer “a look at what’s to come in the near and far future,” reports The Verge.
At last year’s Connect conference, the company changed its name from Facebook to Meta. However, this time Meta said that viewers will learn more about the virtual reality universe Horizon Worlds, and hinted that they will announce the flagship headset Project Cambria.
Last month, Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the company would be announcing a new VR headset in October, and later backed it up by posting a photo on Facebook.
The headset will include eye and face tracking. It is rumored to have a higher resolution screen than the one currently found in the Oculus Quest 2. The headset is also expected to be significantly more expensive than the Quest 2, whose price recently increased to $399.99.
Zuckerberg also said last month that details about “major updates to Horizon and avatar graphics” would be released at the Connect conference. Horizon Worlds is the company’s flagship metauniverse product that allows people to create their own experiences and spend time in virtual reality, similar to apps like VRChat.
Recently, Zuckerberg posted a screenshot of Horizon, which caused a lot of mockery and created a lot of memes due to the relatively poor quality of the graphics. Meta’s CEO responded to memes by promising significant updates that the company will tell on October 11.
Meta has made a big bet that the metauniverse will define the future, and is spending billions of dollars a year to make it happen.