What you need to know
- Meta’s “internal roadmap” for VR hardware shows that it plans to release four headsets by 2024, codenamed Cambria, Funston, Stinson and Cardiff.
- The Cambria project is rumored to cost $800, although a Meta spokesperson said it would cost “much higher”.
- The Cambria will run on Android devices but will be marketed as a business device.
- Cambria’s follow-up, Funston, will arrive in 2024. Two cheaper Quests will ship in 2023 and 2024.
Meta has plans to release four VR headsets by 2024, two low-end Quest models, and two Pro headsets designed as a “face laptop,” according to the information source (subscription required).
Meta may push those dates back, but the company clearly wants to flood the market with Quest hardware before competing products arrive.
Meta has publicly announced the arrival of one VR headset this year: Project Cambria, aka Quest Pro. According to a leaked “aggressive” roadmap, Cambria will arrive by September 2022, followed by Stenson (most likely Mission 3) in 2023.
A second Quest-branded headset, Cardiff, is slated for 2024, although a Meta spokesperson told The Information that “it is common for target ship dates to change during the development process.” Cambria’s upscale follow-up, Funston, is also scheduled for 2024.
The report provided very little information on what to expect from other upcoming devices besides the Cambria. We know from a previous Quest 3 leak that the Meta may announce the Stinson at Connect 2023 (around October) and that it could feature uOLED lenses.
Another recent leak revealed Meta’s plans to launch its first pair of augmented reality glasses by 2024, codenamed Nazare and Hypernova. It is clear that Meta has very ambitious plans for its device releases in the next couple of years.
We know that the Pico Neo 3 and future Pico devices will challenge upcoming Quest devices like the Stinson. We expect Apple’s VR/AR device, a direct competitor to Cambria and Cardiff, to arrive within the next two years. So while the Meta timeline looks aggressive, it makes sense that it will try to cement its position in the market for both high-end and low-end VR.
We’ve reached out to Meta for comment; A company spokesperson told us, “We don’t comment on unannounced products or future roadmap plans, so you don’t have anything else to share there.”
Cambria: an expensive working device
Two sources told The Information that Cambria will cost $799, but Meta responded that “the price will be much higher.”
YouTuber Bradley Lynch previously reported that the Cambria leaker said “the bill of materials for this device is around $800”, but Meta may subsidize the cost in some way. Some people will probably be able to pay $800 or less, while the official list price is much higher.
Even at a subsidized price, this Quest Pro headset will definitely cost more than most consumers are willing to pay. We know from previous leaks that it will have a resolution of 2160 x 2160 per eye, a design similar to the battery-packed Elite Strap, eye tracking, and full-color traversal for mixed reality experiences, along with other premium upgrades.
According to an information source, Reality Labs employees describe the Cambria as a laptop or Chromebook for your face. The last description seems to refer to the fact that it has low processing power and cannot run typical productivity programs because it runs on the Android operating system.
Meta originally planned to build its own custom silicon and XROS platform, but it reportedly canceled the project last year and disbanded the engineering team. So its working devices must continue to rely on Android and Qualcomm.
High-end Chromebooks cost more than $800, and you’ll find other “working” Android devices like the Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra that rely on Android apps for productivity. But it remains to be seen if the Cambria upgrades will make the device alluring enough that it can compete successfully with tablets and Chromebooks.