Meta Connect, the company’s annual XR developer conference, is going all-digital again this year and promises to share updates that look into the company’s “near and distant future.” Although there are still just over two weeks to go, the company has now released the live stream session times, giving us a better idea of what to expect.
Update (September 23, 2022): You can check out the full schedule here, but here’s a quick rundown of what the October 11 event has in store:
As you imagine, CEO Mark Zuckerberg takes the lead in the keynote, which is to kick off Connect’s one-day event. We’re sure to have some conceptual and forward-looking material here to go along with some juicy nuggets on how the VR part of the business is doing, now and in the near future. Also… Quest Pro is probably on the docketso stay tuned.
the said State of the Union Developer The keynote will take place next, led by Anand Dass from Metaverse Content Applications, Chris Pruett from Content Ecosystem at Reality Labs and Yardley Pohl from the VR Product department. Here we are supposed to learn more about “New and Updated Reality Labs Tools and Programs” from Meta.
There is also more about ten developer sessions throughout the day, ranging from the best way to monetize your game to the company’s vision for its future avatars.
And to top it off, legendary programmer and Consulting Technical Director John Carmack will hold its annual unscripted conversation on everything. Outside of a supposed hardware announcement, Carmack’s chat is usually the highlight of the conference because it provides so much information and history on how the company’s VR headsets are made. You can sign up for reminders here so you don’t miss a thing.
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Original article (September 6, 2022): Like last year’s all-digital Connect, this year’s dev conference will feature live keynotes and dev sessions, which the company says will be available on the Reality Labs Facebook page. And it all comes down to one day.
There’s no timeline yet (see update), but the company says its one-day virtual event will explore “building the metaverse and the future of augmented and virtual reality.” You can sign up for updates at metaconnect.com for all upcoming live streams.
We expect that, but more specifically, we hope to learn a few key things. At the top of the list is information regarding its upcoming VR headset, Project Cambria, or what would be dubbed Meta Quest Pro.
On the Joe Rogan Experience podcast last week, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg blurted out that his “next device [is] will be released in October,” suggesting a Cambria launch during Connect. This would also mean that we then get all the information about the so-called Quest Pro. Reminder: At over $800, Cambria is likely aimed at prosumers and developers looking to get their hands on a VR headset capable of AR (aka “mixed reality”) interactions thanks to color passthrough and built-in eye tracking.
Whatever we see though, it will most certainly take last year’s big name change if the company is to succeed in its full rebrand, which essentially unplugged the Facebook and Oculus brand names and pivoted the company to focus more on building the metaverse.
A few other things we’re expecting in Connect 2022: Meta’s social VR space Horizon Worlds showing more precise direction, which we hope includes better-looking avatars and the kind of social features built into its VR hardware that’s been missing since, well, forever.
Now that Oculus…er…Meta Quest 2 has seen a price hike and the company still hasn’t implemented its ambitious metaverse concepts, Connect 2022 may be the perfect place for the company to set its sights. expectations for the future of Meta.