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Final yr at Meta Join, the corporate then often called Fb dropped a bombshell: It will now be often called Meta and give attention to constructing the “metaverse.” After investing billions of {dollars} into the way forward for digital actuality, the rebranded Meta got here again this yr for its subsequent massive announcement: legs. Sure, avatars are going to get legs — our disembodied torsos will lastly assume their bipedal type.

Okay, positive, everyone knows that the largest announcement at the moment was the anticipated Meta Quest Professional, a high-end VR headset retailing at $1,499.99. However in between its new {hardware} and … legs, Meta unveiled a variety of updates in its plan to dominate digital actuality.

Right here’s what CEO Mark Zuckerberg and different Meta executives revealed at Meta Join 2022:

  • The Quest Professional is delivery out this month. After months of buzz, Meta unveiled the upcoming Quest Professional headset. With Meta’s final headset, the Quest 2, the corporate’s aim was to provide an reasonably priced, consumer-grade product. However the combined actuality Quest Professional is Meta’s probability to flex the results of all the cash it’s invested into Actuality Labs.
  • Microsoft is partnering with Meta to convey office instruments to VR. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, joined Zuckerberg at Meta Connect with announce that Home windows apps, a Groups integration and Xbox Cloud Gaming will come to Quest. Customers may even be capable to use progressive web app variations of instruments like Phrase, Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook.
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Avatars in Microsoft Groups. Picture Credit: Meta

  • Meta is absolutely doubling down on this entire “working in VR” factor. Who’s the viewers for a $1,499 headset? Companies, possibly. Meta mentioned it deployed 60,000 Quest 2 headsets as a part of a partnership with Accenture, and it’s constructing a “Meta Quest for Enterprise” subscription product subsequent yr. “There’s a possibility for a VR headset designed from the bottom as much as be nice for work, in addition to enjoying video games and hanging out,” Zuckerberg mentioned. CTO Andrew Bosworth appears to be on the identical web page, noting that at some point, VR headsets may substitute our desktops all collectively. We’ll imagine it after we see it.
  • Meta lastly revealed some income numbers. Till now, Meta has been fairly cagey relating to revealing any financials about its metaverse (until it’s the SEC asking). At this time, the corporate mentioned that its Quest Retailer has revamped $1.5 billion on gross sales of video games and apps. That sounds spectacular, however contemplate that simply final quarter, Meta invested $2.8 billion into digital actuality.
  • It’s time to get swoleTrain is an surprising use case for digital actuality. There’s rather a lot to be skeptical about relating to Zuckerberg’s intense metaverse push, however VR health apps like Supernatural are literally very enjoyable. Now, Meta is releasing a product bundle that can assist you be … much less sweaty once you’re boxing in your headset. For $69.99, you get a wipeable facial interface, wrist straps and adjustable knuckle straps. Is that basically value $69.99? I don’t know, is the Quest Professional actually value $1,499.99? We’ll see.

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  • Meta lands a partnership with NBCUniversal. As a part of a multiyear deal, the streaming app Peacock is coming to Quest. Meta additionally mentioned that it’s going to develop experiences round IP like “The Workplace,” Common Monsters, DreamWorks, Blumhouse and Halloween Horror Nights.
  • Share movies from Horizon Worlds on Reels. We’re unsure who wished this, however positive. Why not. In all seriousness, it may very well be a great way for Meta to easily elevate consciousness about what Horizon Worlds is and the way (a small variety of) individuals are utilizing it. However Horizon Worlds is form of boring at greatest, so we don’t see this catching on.

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  • However what if legs may change every thing? Yeah, Horizon Worlds is a reasonably cringe-worthy try at convincing those that the metaverse is cool. However what if our disembodied torsos lastly had legs? Within the subsequent replace to Meta’s avatars, we are going to lastly appear to be actual individuals. Form of. “Severely, legs are exhausting!” Zuckerberg quipped through the presentation.

Properly, in case you’re desirous to edit some spreadsheets, hop on Groups calls in VR and stretch your new digital legs, the Quest Professional is accessible for preorder now and is anticipated to ship October 25.

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