Meta may not yet have revealed Project Cambria to the world fully, but an analyst may have spoiled their announcement by revealing everything ahead of time.
Ming-Chi Kuo is a well-known and fairly accurate predictor of Apple, but recently he’s also turned his analysis to Meta’s upcoming VR headsets. Most twitter (opens in new tab), Kuo gave his latest predictions for what we’ll see in Project Cambria (what he calls Meta Quest 2 Pro). So what can Project Cambria users do?
Following the theme of visual enhancement of Meta’s newly revealed VR headset prototypes, Kuo reiterated that Project Cambria will use mini LED displays and pancake lenses. This should not only improve the look of the headset, but also reduce its form factor.
The device will also be equipped with around 16 cameras according to Kuo: 10 on the headset and three on each of the two controllers. This would likely be a key part of the device’s AR capabilities, working in tandem with the headset’s 3D detection support to create realistic experiences. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg already showed off some of the Cambria’s AR functionality in an odd demo earlier this year, with AR apparently being a priority for this headset.
Kuo also reaffirms that Project Cambria will use eye and face tracking for better expression recognition — another feature that Zuckerberg and Meta have said is a must for the next-gen headset. It remains to be seen how realistic these expressions are with the mysterious valley looming in the background, ready to make the experience a nightmare.
Interestingly, despite all these extra features, Kuo predicts that the Meta will still be using a Qualcomm XR2 processor, just like the Quest 2. Many developers we spoke with are desperate for a more powerful VR headset, so hopefully Meta wants to offering this with a new 2nd generation XR2 processor – more horsepower would also help the device handle all its new components without being overwhelmed. We’ll have to wait and see though.
Ultimately, Kuo predicts the headset will launch in the second half of 2022, which is kind of a gimmick. Meta is convinced that the Cambria will launch this year, and given that we’re halfway there, it only has six more months to deliver on that promise.
Kuo also suggests the headset will cost around $799 (about £649 / AU$1159), if not more. Meta has long called Cambria its most premium headset, so we’re not surprised that it’s forecast to cost more than double what the Quest 2 does.
As with all rumours, we have to take what Kuo says with a pinch of salt. That said, the analyst has a very strong track record of predicting Apple news based on his analysis of its vendors, so it’s always worth paying attention to what he has to say.
Should you wait for Project Cambria?
Based on what Kuo predicted, is Project Cambria worth the wait or should you just grab a Quest 2 headset now?
Well, cost seems to be the biggest factor here. As we said above, Quest 2 costs at least half what Kuo predicts Cambria will; if you’re on a tight budget, the Quest 2 is a clear winner.
That said, don’t buy a Quest 2 right away. Whether you have extra cash to spend or not waiting for Cambria would be a smart move.
If you can afford it, the Cambria is likely to be the superior device, with improved VR and significantly improved AR capabilities. It’s also going to be more future-proof, so while it costs more, you won’t feel as much of a need to swap it out when Quest 3 arrives.
But if you’re on a more budget, once the Cambria launches we could see the price of the Quest 2 drop permanently, saving a little more on that device. Even if it doesn’t, the Cambria launch could pave the way for some Black Friday sales discounts on the Quest 2 later this year.
Quest 2 offers some of the best VR experiences out there, so while Meta is planning a follow-up soon, we’re sure you’ll have fun using it.