Apple’s ultra-expensive Vision Pro headphones are To end with a flourish hitting the market today, boasting a hefty price tag of $3,499. However, Meta has managed to steal some of Apple’s spotlight by introducing one of the Vision Pro’s key features – spatial video playback – to its much more affordable Quest 3 headset.
According to the article, Meta announced that its new v62 software update will gradually roll out spatial video support for Quest 2, Quest 3, and Quest Pro owners starting February 7. This exciting feature will allow Meta headset users to view 3D spatial videos recorded with an iPhone 15 Pro/Pro Max or Vision Pro. Additionally, users can upload these videos to the Meta Quest app (up to 20 minutes long) and access them from the Files menu on their headphones.
Spatial videos are essentially 6DOF (6 degrees of freedom) videos that enable viewers to move and alter their perspective while watching. This immersive experience is a significant step forward in virtual reality technology.
The most remarkable aspect of this development is the stark contrast in pricing between Apple’s Vision Pro and Meta’s Quest 3. At just $499, the Quest 3 significantly undercuts the astronomical price of the Vision Pro by a whopping $3,000. It is evident that Meta has invested heavily in building the metaverse and has incurred substantial losses in doing so. By adding a coveted Vision Pro feature to the Quest 3, Meta has positioned itself as a formidable competitor against Apple’s expensive headphones.
Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his Instagram streaming channel to tease this new feature by offering an “early look at spatial video playback on Quest.” His post included a short clip showcasing a Quest 3 playing a space video of trees.
Equally to spatial video support, the v62 update also brings other enhancements such as expanded pinch gestures for opening menus and recentering views, external gamepad support in Quest Browser for game streaming, improved refresh rates for PCVR titles through Quest Link, and new continuity features for resuming tasks in VR apps.
By incorporating spatial video support into its offerings, Meta aims to diminish Apple’s competitive advantage just before the launch of the Vision Pro. While there are still numerous advantages that come with owning a Vision Pro in terms of features and capabilities, it is undeniable that spatial video support is a significant win for both Meta and Quest 3 owners.
In brief, it is clear that Meta’s strategic move has disrupted Apple’s position in the market by making advanced VR technology accessible at an affordable price point. With ongoing advancements in virtual reality technology from both companies, consumers can expect even more exciting developments on the horizon.
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First uploaded on: 02/02/2024 at 14:35 IST