The Project Cambria leak could show us what the next Meta VR headset might look like at first glance

We’re less than a month away when the next Meta VR headset is officially revealed to the world, but we’re already getting a good look at it thanks to a major leak.

Meta first announced Project Cambria – the code name for its successor, Oculus Quest 2 – at Meta Connect 2021, but apart from the occasional official info, things have been pretty quiet around the device. That is expected to change at Meta Connect 2022 in October, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg heavily teasing the announcement via Facebook posts and podcast appearances.

But Meta is broken by the good news that claims to have found an engineering sample of Project Cambria in a hotel room. The leaked image (opens in new tab) and video below (opens in new tab) were first shared in the Oculus Quest 2 Facebook group (opens in new tab) by Ramiro Cardenas before being shared on Reddit (opens in new section) and other platforms.

The first leak only shows us the Project Cambria packaging, which looks almost identical to the Oculus Quest 2 packaging. The only changes are to the device name – with the leak apparently confirming the Meta Quest Pro product title – as well as box art, which shows the new Meta headphones with the same swirling pink background that appeared in Quest 2 above it. packaging.

Thankfully, the second leak (opens in a new tab) goes deeper into the box to give us a proper look at Project Cambria. The overall shape of the headset matches the silhouette that Meta shared when the device was first announced, but we noticed some new details.

The leaked headset appears to have multiple cameras on its front edge, positioned roughly where the user’s eye will see – most likely there to facilitate the Cambria AR experience. Additionally, there’s no strap for the device, which suggests it might be lighter than the Quest 2 and should sit comfortably on your face without it.

There are also buttons on the top front of the headset. While we can’t see what it does, we do hope it’s the return of the original IPD watch face on the Oculus Quest. This button allows the user to gradually shift the distance between the Quest’s lenses to best match the distance between their eyes, but Quest 2 discards that, instead giving the user three preset distances to choose from.

The return of the IPD steering wheel should help make the Project Cambria experience less blurry for people who aren’t too comfortable with the 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm meta presets.

Lastly, we were shown a pair of controllers that matched what we heard about Project Cambria phones. They look exactly like the Oculus Quest 2 controller, only in black and without the tracking ring – instead being replaced by the camera on the controller, which we can see on various sides of the leaked device.

Analysis: Too good to be true?
These leaks are quite extensive, but since we are careful with all leaks, we have to take what we have seen with a grain of salt. And while the leaked headphones perfectly match what we’ve heard about Project Cambria, that still doesn’t guarantee they’re real.

If anything, the fact that this leak doesn’t reveal anything new – like a differently designed box or a peek at the system’s digital UI – could be an indication that it’s a fake. Someone who made a viral hoax didn’t want to be asked about strange details we’d never heard of before, but wanted to show us a handset that looked exactly as we expected, so we could have more confidence in the footage. have .

Also, we can’t see any more of the alleged phone as the leaked phone claims to have been recovered by its owner.

Thankfully, we don’t have much time before finding out if this leak is actually our first look at Project Cambria with Meta Connect, scheduled for October 11. When the headphones are officially announced, rest assured that we’ll be right here, waiting to tell you everything you need to know about the headphones.

While we wait for the announcement, why not check out some of the best Oculus Quest 2 games we’ve played, you might even want to check out The Quest 2 Game I Played September 2022.

We’re less than a month away when the next Meta VR headset is officially revealed to the world, but we’re already getting a good look at it thanks to a major leak.

Meta first announced Project Cambria – the code name for its successor, Oculus Quest 2 – at Meta Connect 2021, but apart from the occasional official info, things have been pretty quiet around the device. That is expected to change at Meta Connect 2022 in October, with Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg heavily teasing the announcement via Facebook posts and podcast appearances.

But Meta is broken by the good news that claims to have found an engineering sample of Project Cambria in a hotel room. The leaked image (opens in new tab) and video below (opens in new tab) were first shared in the Oculus Quest 2 Facebook group (opens in new tab) by Ramiro Cardenas before being shared on Reddit (opens in new section) and other platforms .
The first leak only shows us the Project Cambria packaging, which looks almost identical to the Oculus Quest 2 packaging. The only changes are to the device name – with the leak apparently confirming the Meta Quest Pro product title – as well as box art, which shows the new Meta headphones with the same swirling pink background that appeared in Quest 2 above it. packaging.

Thankfully, the second leak (opens in a new tab) goes deeper into the box to give us a proper look at Project Cambria. The overall shape of the headset matches the silhouette that Meta shared when the device was first announced, but we noticed some new details.

The leaked headset appears to have multiple cameras on its front edge, positioned roughly where the user’s eye will see – most likely there to facilitate the Cambria AR experience. Additionally, there’s no strap for the device, which suggests it might be lighter than the Quest 2 and should sit comfortably on your face without it.

There are also buttons on the top front of the headset. While we can’t see what it does, we do hope it’s the return of the original IPD watch face on the Oculus Quest. This button allows the user to gradually shift the distance between the Quest’s lenses to best match the distance between their eyes, but Quest 2 discards that, instead giving the user three preset distances to choose from.

The return of the IPD steering wheel should help make the Project Cambria experience less blurry for people who aren’t too comfortable with the 58mm, 63mm, and 68mm meta presets.

Lastly, we were shown a pair of controllers that matched what we heard about Project Cambria phones. They look exactly like the Oculus Quest 2 controller, only in black and without the tracking ring – instead being replaced by the camera on the controller, which we can see on various sides of the leaked device.

Analysis: Too good to be true?
These leaks are quite extensive, but since we are careful with all leaks, we have to take what we have seen with a grain of salt. And while the leaked headphones perfectly match what we’ve heard about Project Cambria, that still doesn’t guarantee they’re real.

If anything, the fact that this leak doesn’t reveal anything new – like a differently designed box or a peek at the system’s digital UI – could be an indication that it’s a fake. Someone who made a viral hoax didn’t want to be asked about strange details we’d never heard of before, but wanted to show us a handset that looked exactly as we expected, so we could have more confidence in the footage. have .

Also, we can’t see any more of the alleged phone as the leaked phone claims to have been recovered by its owner.

Thankfully, we don’t have much time before finding out if this leak is actually our first look at Project Cambria with Meta Connect, scheduled for October 11. When the headphones are officially announced, rest assured that we’ll be right here, waiting to tell you everything you need to know about the headphones.

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