Facebook: forgotten in a hotel, its next virtual reality headset shows up on the web


A hotel worker found a prototype of Facebook’s next virtual reality headset in a room. He took the opportunity to take photos and videos of this product, which will only be presented on October 11.

Visual of Meta’s virtual reality headset from 2021.

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If Meta (ex-Facebook) hoped to keep its secret warm until October 11, 2022, the date of its Meta Connect conference, it has failed. The company’s next virtual reality headset is to be unveiled there, but the product is already making the rounds on the web. A prototype was found by a hotel employee, who jumped at the chance to offer a small unboxing to the curious. We even know the official name of the product: Meta Quest Pro.

According The Verge, Ramiro Cardenas reportedly found Meta’s VR headset carelessly forgotten in a bedroom, so he shared the images in the comments of a post on the Oculus Quest 2 Facebook group. After the photos, the man made a short video in which he can be seen unboxing the product and associated accessories. The packaging of this Meta Quest Pro also bears the mention “not intended for sale”.

The design of the helmet is not a big surprise for those who follow the news of virtual reality, this one being very close to the images previously unveiled for the promotion of the project, known until now under the name of Project Cambria. Still according to our colleagues, the Meta employee who stayed in the room and forgot his precious helmet has since asked for it to be returned.

The Verge recalls that this is not the first product unveiled before the official date due to a thoughtlessness of an employee. This was the case, for example, of the iPhone 4 in 2010, which had been abandoned in a bar.

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