By | January 6, 2024
Futuristic VR headset as concept drawing

Futuristic VR headset as concept drawing

DALL-E 3, prompted by MIXED

VR headsets, AR headsets and all things mixed reality: what new hardware can you look forward to this year? Our summary will let you know.

Compared to 2023, 2024 is likely to be a little less extensive in terms of new VR headsets. Some possible releases are still unconfirmed, many are just rumours. Apple’s entry into the market will be exciting – and the question is whether it will change anything.

However, AR headsets could also be interesting this year, at least if Meta presents its first, affordable prototype of real AR glasses. CTO Bosworth said: “It’s probably our most exciting prototype that we’ve had so far. (…) I think it might be the most advanced technology on the planet in its domain. In the area of ​​consumer electronics, it might be the most advanced we’ve ever has produced as species.

Confirmed VR/AR headsets

Apple Vision Pro

Woman wearing Apple Vision Pro on a couch and facing a person with a smile.  Her eyes shine through the surface of the headset.

Apple Vision Pro will support many common standards, including WebXR for in-browser VR. | Image: Apple

Vision Pro is the first VR/AR headset from Apple. It has dual micro OLED displays that provide over 4K resolution per eye and supports High Dynamic Range. Powered by Apple’s M2 processor and a custom R1 chip, the Vision Pro runs on the VisionOS operating system. The headset contains a suite of cameras and sensors for precise hand and eye tracking, as well as real-time 3D mapping of the environment. It is controlled by a mix of hand and eye tracking and voice commands. The design is reminiscent of slim ski goggles with a specially designed headband and face mask. As a daily companion for home and work, it will cost $3,499.

Production of the Vision Pro is said to be in full swing. The mixed reality headset is currently scheduled to hit the US market in Februaryexcept for unforeseen problems.

When Vision Pro will be released in other countries is still up in the air.

Recessed visor

One person wears the Founder's Edition Immersed Visor 4K.

One person wears the Founder’s Edition Immersed Visor 4K. | Image: Submerged

The Immersed Visor is a VR headset designed specifically for productive use and is expected to be released in 2024. It offers advanced specifications such as 4K resolution per eye, eye tracking and wireless PC VR capabilities. It is also equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 that supports standalone mode. Despite these impressive specs, the price of the recessed visor is surprisingly low at $950.

The VR headset is made by a company best known for developing the virtual desktop application Immersed. To secure financing for the VR glasses project, the company plans to go public. Partnerships with Qualcomm and Intel have also been announced, and an unnamed “tech giant” is expected to help with production. The company has also applied for a patent.

There is no specific release date for Immersed Visor, however the company expects it to be released in 2024. Our writer Alan analyzed the available information.

Unconfirmed VR/AR headsets

Quest 3 Lite

There are rumors of a possible launch of a Meta Quest 3 Lite in the first half of 2024. This new device is said to be quite similar to the Quest 3, but with cheaper components to save costs. It could even be released without a VR controller.

The Quest 3 Lite may be available with different storage options, including 64GB models for $199, 128GB for $299, and 256GB56 for $399. Technically, Meta may return to Fresnel lenses and monochrome pass-through for the Quest 3 Lite, as seen in the Quest 2, to keep manufacturing costs down. Unlike the Quest 3, the Quest 3 Lite may come without a depth sensor. An upgrade to the more powerful controller in Quest 3 should be included anyway. Another possibility is that Meta will sell the VR controller as an optional accessory.

This information is based on hearsay. It remains to be seen what features the final version of the Quest 3 Lite will have and whether the possible step backwards in terms of mixed reality and the at least strange idea of ​​shipping without VR controllers will actually happen.

Quest Pro 2

Code has been found in the Quest core indicating a new high-definition VR headset. This could be a Quest Pro 2. The code describes a headset with a resolution of 2,392 × 2,560 pixels per eye, LC displays and a frame rate of 90 Hz. The resolutions for Quest Pro and Quest 3 were similarly leaked before the official announcement.

However, it is unclear whether the code refers to a prototype or an actual planned product. Meta is known for developing several prototypes of upcoming products in parallel. If it’s a planned VR headset, a Quest Pro 2 would be the most likely. Meta may be planning to improve on the commercially unsuccessful Quest Pro model.

In the context of the VR market development, Meta may use the Quest Pro 2 to try to keep competitors such as Samsung and Google at bay, which plan to launch an XR headset in late 2024.

Samsung’s VR/AR headset “Infinite”

Samsung and Google are working on a mixed reality headset to be released in late 2024. Samsung will be responsible for design and manufacturing, Google for the operating system and software development, and Qualcomm for the chipset. Samsung Display will provide the OLED micro display.

The headset, codenamed “Infinite”, is expected to be unveiled at Galaxy Unpacked in the second half of 2024 and was launched in December 2024. However, the first production run will only be 30,000 units.

Both Samsung and Google have tried to get into VR technology in the past, but quickly abandoned those efforts. Their current efforts appear to be driven by concerns about being left behind by Apple in a new, potentially promising product category.

Pico 4: Improved version

Last year, ByteDance spun off its Pico VR division. Mass layoffs, abandoned applications, and even a Pico 5 (though it’s doubtful the concept ever really existed) was scrapped. However, Bytedance CEO Zhou does not want to shut down the business completely: there are plans for an improved version of the Pico 4 – but no details are known yet. Bytedance also wants to compete with Apple with extremely reduced resources.

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