2020 is shaping up to be a pivotal year for VR.
Yesterday, Facebook Reality Labs conducted its Q3 2020 Earnings Call, during which company co-founder and CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, stated that the Oculus Quest 2 received 5x as many pre-orders as the original Oculus Quest. According to an official representative, these numbers surpassed the companies expectations.
You can find Zuckerberg’s official statement below:
“This quarter we also took major steps forward in building the next computing platform. We launched Quest 2, our most advanced virtual reality headset, right in time for the holidays. It delivers a real sense of presence — like you’re right there with another person or in another place — and we’ve worked to make it accessible to more people. It’s lighter, faster, has a sharper screen, and a new price point of just $300. Pre-orders have outpaced the original Quest pre-orders by more than 5x and have surpassed our expectations.
We’re also laying the foundation for AR glasses, which will be the holy grail of delivering a sense of presence while not taking you away from the physical world. One day you’re going be able to sit down for dinner with your parents even if they’re on the other side of the country, or look up directions without having to take out your phone and take yourself out of the moment. We’re working on the building blocks for true consumer AR glasses. And in the meantime, we’re partnering with Luxottica, the maker of Ray-Ban and Oakley, to build our first smart glasses which will launch sometime next year.”
While the launch of the Oculus Quest 2 hasn’t been without its hiccups, it appears as though the companies new account policy hasn’t scared away mainstream audiences.
Yesterday also included an announcement by ILMxLAB in which the company revealed a brand new interactive VR short called “Temple of Darkness” launching alongside Star Wars: Tales from the Galaxy’s Edge on November 19th.
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