It’s always worth rooting to the side of the bed or drawers when staying in a hotel room. Who knows what exciting items may have been overlooked by the previous guest? Like, for example, a top-secret Oculus VR headset. This is what happened to hotel employee Ramiro Cardenas, who claims to have discovered and revealed to the world that Project Cambria should most likely be called Meta Quest Pro. Then he made an unboxing video.
The helmet was originally teased last october, with the moniker Project Cambria, when Mark Zuckerberg said it would be sold at the “high end of the price range”. At the time, we learned that it would have cameras that would send high-resolution color video to its screens, as well as face and eye tracking, and all sorts of exciting algorithms.
Now, a full month ahead of its scheduled announcement date, the new device is available to everyone thanks to one particularly forgetful hotel guest. A very excited Ramiro Cardenas, who posted the video as Zectariuz Gamingpulls the new headset and handheld controllers out of their box, whispering happily.
This The new Meta Quest Pro headset looks like something a mad inventor would wear in a 1980s Disney live-action movie about a man who accidentally invents time travel. The controllers, on the other hand, seem ditched the hollow hoop design of the Meta Quest 2 and opted for a much simpler and neater form factor.
While concealing identifying details, images accompanying the video include one that reveals the caption, “NOT FOR RESALE – ENGINEERING SAMPLE”. It is in a pretty classy packaging considering! But it does suggest that the product might be on the way out.
The edge reports that Cardenas told them he was able to reunite the helmet with the person who had stayed in the hotel room, but not before – you know – uploading photos and a video of the device to Facebook to detonate Meta’s plan to reveal it during October’s Meta Link.
It’s quite the coincidence that Cardenas, and his Zectariuz Gaming page, had already taken a keen interest in the various forms of the Oculus. We have reached out to him to ask how this serendipitous event occurred.
We have of course also reached out to Meta to ask if they’ll bring forward the Pro’s announcement now, and indeed whether they’ll be mounting the engineer’s head on a pike outside their HQ. (We might not have phrased it exactly like that.)