Mark Zuckerberg and Fb digital actuality lead and soon-to-be CTO Andrew Bosworth (or “Boz”) are enjoying round with prototype VR (or AR) tech and need to present it off. Each executives have posted pictures of themselves wearing prototype headsets and linking the ideas to Fb’s work on the metaverse. Whereas the headsets the 2 are carrying are by no means assured to change into precise retail merchandise, it’s an fascinating have a look at what’s happening in Fb’s digital actuality lab.

The headset Zuckerberg is carrying seems much like the corporate’s Oculus headsets. Nevertheless, he identifies it as “retina resolution,” borrowing Apple’s phrase for screens with such excessive pixel density which you could’t discern particular person factors at a standard working distance. The headset Boz is carrying has a extra intriguing design — it seems, to be frank, nearly precisely like drawings and descriptions of Apple’s rumored VR headset. Past Zuckerberg’s obscure “retina” remark, there are mainly no particulars on what sort of headsets they’re, what they’re able to, or even when they’re simply nonfunctional design mock-ups.

That’s maybe to be anticipated, on condition that this isn’t a product announcement from Fb. Whereas the corporate has launched a pair of good (and screen-less) Ray Bans, which it referred to as a step within the path “towards full augmented reality glasses,” Fb’s digital actuality lab additionally teases many prototypes that in all probability gained’t make it to market. That features issues like its horrifying eye-projection headset, the research-focused Aria AR glasses, and a proof-of-concept set of VR glasses (which present you a digital world as a substitute of augmenting the actual one). Relatively than hawking headsets, Boz and Zuckerberg appear to be promoting their metaverse idea, which the corporate says is a digital world that may very well be the following model of the web. If you wish to do a deep-dive into what meaning precisely, take a look at my colleagues’ nice explainer.

If you happen to’re in search of an actual next-gen headset, it might be price maintaining an eye fixed out for HTC’s lately leaked Vive Move headset. Hilariously, one in every of HTC’s Vive executives replied to Boz, asking if he’d be keen to commerce the prototype headset for one scorching off the manufacturing facility line. Boz declined the provide.

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