A year after Facebook transformed into Meta at the event, the company is hosting its second Connect conference on October 11 this year.
The company describes the event as a “one-day virtual event that explores the building of the metaverse and the future of augmented and virtual reality.” Currently, there is no information on scheduled sessions and speakers appearing at the event. But Meta will surely present its best horns to sing the song of the metaverse.
Thanks to Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance on Joe Rogan’s podcast last month, we know the company will be launching its next-gen VR headset at the event. This headset, likely to be called the Oculus Pro, will have features like eye tracking and face tracking. It will also mimic users’ facial expressions so that their virtual avatars aren’t lifeless blobs.
On the podcast, Zuckerberg noted that the upcoming headset will cost significantly more than the $400 Oculus and sport some mixed reality features.
The event may feature announcements focused on virtual worlds. Over the past year, Meta launched its virtual reality-based social platform Horizon Worlds, first in the US and Canada, followed by the UK, France and Spain. After facing harassment complaints from users, the company also discussed plans to develop a web-based version of this platform and provide tools for creators to sell items in Horizon Worlds. . Given user concerns about privacy in virtual worlds, the company may also announce new security tools.
Meta has also been experimenting with NFTs on Instagram and Facebook over the past few months. So we can talk about how they tie into potential markets for digital creators and the company’s larger vision of selling items in the metaverse.
The company has spent billions of dollars developing its vision for the Metaverse, so company executives are expected to talk about its progress so far and what’s next. Hopefully it won’t be as bad as Zuck’s infamous “metaverse selfie.”