Meta and Cambria Project

Meta and Cambria Project
Meta and Cambria Project

Did you miss this year’s Connect conference? Don’t worry, from Facebook to Meta to Project Cambria, we’ve got a rundown of everything announced for Connect 2021.

If you want to watch an abbreviated version of the main presentation, we’ve shortened it to about 20 minutes to highlight the most important and important announcements, without any issues. It’s embedded above, otherwise you can see a summary of each topic below.

Facebook becomes dead

At the end of the speech, Mark Zuckerberg delivered a stern announcement, “One last thing.”

Facebook changes its name to Meta. Facebook, Instagram, and other services and apps will keep their current names, but will inform the umbrella company now called Meta.

Read more here.

RIP Oculus, becomes Quest Meta Quest

Following the speech, current Vice President of VR/AR and new Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth announced that the Oculus branding will be removed from current and future hardware versions. The Oculus brand will continue in some software divisions, but for the most part, Oculus no longer exists.

It also means that next year Oculus Quest 2 will be renamed Meta Quest 2.

Read more here.

Login to quest without Facebook from 2022

We don’t have a specific date or many specifics yet, but Meta is getting rid of the mandatory Facebook login for the Quest headphones.

The change is being made in light of community feedback and will be available over the next year.

Read more here.

High-end VR: The Cambria Project has been revealed

Hot from the leaks circulating last week, Meta revealed that a new “high-end” standalone headphone codenamed Project Cambria will be launched in 2022.

It’ll feature eye tracking, face tracking, high-resolution color transmission, and multi-element pancake lenses, and you’ll be at the end of the price spectrum.

Read more here

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas V Quest 2

A port of Rockstar Games’ highly successful Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas is in development for Oculus Quest 2.

Read more here.

First full AR: Project Nazare . revealed

Meta has revealed the codename for the first pair of augmented reality glasses for consumers – Project Nazare.

An explainer video gave us a glimpse of what to expect, but the glasses are “still a few years away” from release.

Read more here.

Horizon Home Sweet Home

Move Around Quest Home – Horizon Home is here to stay.

This fix turns your Quest home environment into a social space, with the ability to invite friends and host watch nights. Your home’s space is also being built and allocated, but it’s a little further away.

Read more here.

The task turns into 2D

Quest will also get support for new 2D apps, available in the Oculus Store, that use a new industry-standard framework for progressive web apps. A few more apps are expected to be launched soon, such as Facebook, Instagram, Dropbox and Slack, while more will arrive later.

Read more here.

Broken cloud fixed

A broken cloud storage system for backing up files to Quest is being replaced by a new service called Cloud Backup, which will be enabled by default for all apps.

Read more here.

Oculus Avatars in Unity

Unity developers will be able to integrate the new Oculus 2.0 Avatars starting in December, with Unreal Engine support next year.

Read more here.

Mixed Reality on Quest App Store

After it’s available as an experimental API, Quest developers will soon be able to offer apps or updates that use Quest’s mixed reality feature, starting with the next version of the SDK.

Other features have also been added to configure what the Meta Insight SDK calls.

Read more here.

Voice recognition, tracked keyboards, and manual interactions library

The next release of the SDK will give Quest developers access to speech recognition capabilities, while keyboard tracking support and Unity’s manual interaction library are set to launch next year.

Read more here.

Blade and Magic in Search

The physics-based VR battle simulator Blade And Sorcery arrives in Oculus Quest 2 next month.

Read more here.

Customizing Horizon workrooms

Later this year, workroom users will be able to add custom logos and stickers to their rooms and switch between a “variety of environments.”

Read more here.

Saber’s win exceeds $100 million

Meta announced that Beat Saber has generated over $100 million in revenue on the Quest platform alone.

Read more here.

Oculus game show

Following the game’s announcement on Connect, Play Meta Vice President Jason Rubin confirmed that the Oculus Gaming Showcase will return for the 2022 show in the future. You can read more here.

Oculus Quest 2 Active Pack

Launched in 2022, this new Active Pack contains new accessories for those who use VR to get fit.

You can read more here.

Building Metaverse

There was a lot of commentary about the metaverse during Connect 2021. Here’s what Meta executives said about the Metaverse during a pre-connected phone briefing and during the call itself.

Beat Saber teases new content and cosmetic tools

This very short Beat Saber teaser gave us our first look at what appear to be cosmetic swords, and it comes as part of a larger update to the Beat Saber sometime in the future. Read more here.

Find users who have unlinked their Facebook accounts keep their purchases

Immediately after the call, Meta confirmed that Quest 2 owners who unlinked their headphones from their Facebook account will keep their software purchases. Read more here.

Vertigo Games brings deep silver perks to virtual reality

Arizona Sunshine and After The Fall developer Vertigo Games are set to bring some of the worlds of game publisher Deep Silver into virtual reality as part of a new deal with Meta and Oculus Studios. Read more here.


What is your favorite Connect 2021 ad? Let us know in the comments.

This article was first published on October 29 and was updated with more entries on October 31.

 
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