Meta’s Quest Pro VR headset launched last year and is the company’s first foray into more expensive, high-end headsets combining eye tracking, facial recognition and virtual world productivity. In a recent Instagram AMA session, Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth responded to a user asking about when these capabilities might become more accessible to consumers. While he noted that Quest Pro isn’t solely for business purposes, Bosworth said getting that level of technology at an affordable price within the next three years isn’t feasible due to their cost and processing power needed. He believes Quest Pro will remain the best available option for some time yet. This comes after Mark Zuckerberg remarked earlier this year that face and eye tracking would be “a big focus” in Meta’s upcoming product line slated for launch later this year (Quest 3). However, leaked reports appeared to show schematics without any capability for facial or eye tracking included in Quest 3 – lending further credibility to Bosworth’s statements regarding affordability challenges over the next few years. Consequently, it appears that users wanting advanced facial expression and eye tracking technologies may have no choice but upgrade their hardware beyond current entry-level models on offer from companies like Meta.
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