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Basti564, a Quest v38 firmware leaker, discovered two additional permission categories for face tracking and eye tracking in the firmware.
Developers may begin actively developing games that make use of these characteristics immediately, despite the fact that no Oculus headgear is presently available that can take use of them.
In order to compete with Sony’s PlayStation VR2, it is expected that the next Quest Pro, or Project Cambria, would have both face and eye tracking.
The Meta Quest Pro leaks are in full swing right now, and the most recent information suggests that the headset may be equipped with both face tracking and eye tracking capabilities. This specific piece of information confirms what Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in an interview back in March 2021 regarding the headgear having both facial tracking and voice recognition capabilities.
The Oculus Quest 2 v38 software, which was sent to all Quest 2 headsets in March 2022, has two additional permission categories, according to leaker Basti564. Using any of these categories, developers of the greatest Quest 2 games will be able to seek access to eye tracking or face tracking sensors — neither of which are available on the Quest 2 — demonstrating that Meta is already integrating Quest Pro capabilities into the current Quest operating system.
In the past, Zuckerberg has claimed on multiple occasions that a hypothetical Quest Pro was in the works, and that it would be equipped with cutting-edge sensors such as facial and eye tracking. Sony’s planned PS VR2 will have eye tracking, and it was previously assumed to be the first consumer-level headset to do so. However, if the Quest Pro is released this Summer or Fall as presently predicted, Meta might beat them to the punch.
Meta introduced full-body tracking to the Quest OS back in February, demonstrating that the business has been working on new capabilities for forthcoming virtual reality headsets on a constant basis. The addition of face, eye, and body tracking would undoubtedly elevate the Quest Pro to a new level of competitiveness.
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We just got our finest look yet at the new Quest Pro hardware, also known as Project Cambria, which was shown a few days ago. Brad Lynch, a YouTuber who specialises in virtual reality research and analytics, was responsible for those renderings. Brad recently disclosed that the next Quest Pro might have a display with a resolution comparable to that of a human eye, courtesy to T-REX super resolution optics. If the Quest Pro is introduced this year, there’s no question that it will push the boundaries of what is possible with standalone virtual reality headsets.