Leak: New details about the Cambria visor, which could be launched this spring
XR hardware analyst Brad Lynch published yesterday on his YouTube channel and social networks new data about the Project Cambria viewer, which would be ready to be manufactured already, and whose launch could occur in a couple of months if Meta so decides. According to its sources, despite its Pancake lenses, color cameras and other improvements, the new viewfinder, also known as Seacliff, would not be as different from Quest 2 as previously thought.
Seacliff viewer features/Cambria:
- Pancake polarized lenses
- FOV similar to that of other Meta viewers
- 2160 x 2160 resolution per eye
- 2.5 inch MiniLED screens with local dimming probably activated by software
- 90 Hz
- Physical IPD
- Audio solution similar to Quest 2
- Dual microphone with echo cancellation, like the one in Focus 3
- Snapdragon XR2 with dual cooling, which will improve its performance
- PC connection via USB-C or wireless, will not use DisplayPort
- Eye and facial tracking, to encourage social presence
- Better weight distribution, comfortable and lightweight visor
The informant, who would have tested a non-final version of the viewer, also reveals that an attempt was made to integrate haptic response into the viewer itself, as the PlayStation VR2 will carry, but it gave problems and it is something that has been ruled out. Its sensations are that of being in front of a Quest Pro viewer, due to the improvement of certain characteristics, and that it will not be focused on companies or games, although it can be used for both activities. The objective of this viewer for Meta is to launch a VR viewer for the metaverse, for its virtual social network, a mixed reality device thanks to the use of the Passthrough with its color outdoor cameras.
Possible patent for Meta Cambria’s Force-Feedback triggers
The Starlet Controllers they would be very different from the Others. When carrying integrated cameras for tracking, the ring disappears, which makes them lighter and more comfortable. Triggers will have force feedback, resistance motors such as those of the PS5 DualSense and the PSVR 2 controllers, with which to simulate the tension of a bowstring or faithfully reproduce the sensation of pulling the trigger of a real weapon. The negative part that this brings is the energy consumption. Goodbye to the two “inexhaustible” batteries of the Quest 2 controllers, these controllers will have a non-removable battery. There will be a charging station for the viewfinder and the two controllers.
Everything is ready for mass production, the developers have already received the viewer or at least a final prototype. Its launch only depends on Meta assessing the current market circumstances, so its official presentation and put on sale could be this spring.
Mark Zuckerberg’s company would work in parallel on another viewer, whose code name would be Seabright, whose screens would be Micro Oled, 3K resolution per eye, and would integrate a new Qualcomm chip, which would not be called Snapdragon XR3, but would carry for marketing reasons the name of XR2 Plus or XR2 2nd Gen or similar. Finally, there is another codename that has appeared in v39, Magpie (Magpie in English), but it is not known what it may refer to, and it is speculated that it would be an external device for full-body tracking.