Facebook execs including Zuckerberg show off prototype VR headsets ahead of developer conference

A year after Facebook released its Oculus Quest 2 VR headset, and weeks before Facebook’s VR and AR-focused Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook CTO-to-be Andrew Bosworth showed off prototype VR headsets. Whether these are anything related to products to come remains to be seen.

Both headset demos came from a visit to Facebook Reality Labs Research, Facebook’s future-forward research lab where Michael Abrash leads development of VR/AR hardware ideas well beyond the current consumer tech Facebook is selling now. Some of the prototype concepts could still be years away.

Notably, Zuckerberg’s headset has “retina level” resolution, but looks more like a standard VR headset. A few very expensive VR headsets like the Varjo XR-3 already have extremely high resolution, but can cost thousands of dollars. Andrew Bosworth’s headset, meanwhile, looks more like a glasses-sized pair of VR goggles.

The timing is interesting. HTC has its own Vive product reveal tomorrow, and Facebook’s developer-focused Connect conference is on October 28. We still don’t know for sure whether that conference will announce future VR hardware or not. Mark Zuckerberg has already discussed ideas for an upcoming Oculus Quest Pro headset, which could have more sensors and a higher resolution, in a conversation with CNET earlier this year.


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