Meta Reportedly Partnering With LG For 2025 Quest Professional 2

Meta is reportedly partnering with LG for future Quest Professional headsets.

In November final 12 months South Korean information outlet SBS Biz reported Meta had entered talks with LG Show with the goal of securing OLED microdisplay provide for future headsets. Microdisplays have considerably larger pixel densities and thus can allow larger decision extra compact headsets.

A brand new report from one other Korean information outlet, Maeil Enterprise Newspaper, suggests this has now resulted in a much wider partnership with the LG Group, involving a number of of its subsidiaries, to construct future Quest Professional headsets.

LG Electronics will reportedly deal with manufacturing, utilizing LG Show shows, LG Vitality batteries, and different parts from LG Innotek. The primary product from the partnership is reportedly slated for 2025, priced at round $2000.

The report says the “business estimates” the headset might be named “Quest 4 Professional”, however that is unlikely. Analysts and stories usually get the identify of future merchandise flawed whereas nonetheless precisely describing the machine. For instance, a number of sources instructed Quest Professional could be named “Quest 2 Professional” and that Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional could be referred to as “Apple Actuality Professional”. Given Meta’s present naming scheme and repeated description of Professional as a separate product line, the extra possible product identify could be Quest Professional 2.

This would not be the primary time Meta has partnered with an skilled client electronics firm for a VR headset. Oculus Go was manufactured by Xiaomi, and Oculus Rift S was manufactured and co-designed by Lenovo. In each circumstances, the headset bore the associate firm’s emblem on the facet in addition to the Oculus branding on the entrance. How LG’s branding will seem on the reported 2025 headset will not be but recognized.

This additionally is not the one software-first Huge Tech firm partnering with a Korean {hardware} firm on an XR headset. Samsung introduced in February it’s constructing a headset, with Google dealing with the software program.

The report additionally claims a budget headset Meta reportedly plans to launch in 2024 (not with LG) shall be priced below $200, although this appears tough to imagine given even the three years previous Quest 2 is at the moment priced at $300.

We reached out to Meta asking in regards to the report and can replace this text if we get a response.

In March The Verge’s Alex Heath mentioned he considered an inside Meta roadmap whereby the corporate’s CTO informed employees {that a} 2024 Quest Professional successor had been canceled, and the VP of VR mentioned {that a} “approach out sooner or later” mannequin could be the subsequent within the Quest Professional line as an alternative. He reportedly described the “approach out” headset as having excessive decision to learn small textual content and photorealistic ‘Codec Avatars’.

The LG partnership might be Meta’s plan to convey this headset to market as quickly as attainable to tackle Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional, which can ship in 2024 for $3500 with extremely excessive decision Sony OLED microdisplays and real looking ‘Persona’ avatars.

Apple is reportedly experiencing important manufacturing challenges limiting the dimensions of Imaginative and prescient Professional to lower than half one million models within the first 12 months, which can give Meta and LG time to convey their competitor to market. Samsung and Google are reportedly aiming for a roughly $2000 worth too, so the high-end XR headset market may comparatively quickly develop into a heated three-horse race.


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