Meta’s next VR headset is expected to cost well over $800, a company spokesperson wrote in an email to UploadVR.
The headset is currently known as Project Cambria and is expected to ship later this year as a high-end, work-oriented headset that’s also compatible with Quest games. Earlier this morning, in a report from The Information (Subscription required), “two people familiar with the matter” suggested that Meta is targeting a $799 price tag for Cambria, alongside sources indicating that Meta is set to release three more VR headsets by 2024. However, a meta spokesman told The Information that Cambria’s price would be significantly higher than that.
UploadVR independently contacted Meta about the price of the headset in light of the report, and a spokesperson reiterated to us that the headset would be “well” over $800.
Meta recently described Project Cambria is “more geared toward work use cases, eventually replacing your laptop or work environment” with “enhanced ergonomics and full-color passthrough mixed reality to seamlessly merge virtual reality with the physical world. We’re also building in eye-tracking and face-tracking so your avatar can make eye contact and facial expressions, dramatically improving your sense of presence.” The headset is expected to use pancake lenses for a sleeker front-end design, and the controllers will be Cambria it expects to haunt itself.
The Information’s report suggests that Meta is aiming to follow Quest 2, which starts at $299, with “two new releases” in 2023 and 2024, and a second release of Cambria in 2024. A previous report from The Verge delved deep into Metas Development of AR glasses and detailed those plans in the second half of the decade. Meta is also working on wrist-worn neural input devices as well as portal video-calling devices, though the company will likely align its products over subsequent generations, giving buyers reasons to buy multiple pieces of Meta hardware.
Of course, the timelines that Meta actually lands on for its devices, as well as the features and pricing targeted in the upcoming glasses, could still shift dramatically as the company evolves its product roadmaps.
Note: This piece was edited a few hours after publication for clarity.