Meta Hopes Apple Vision Pro Will 'Reinvigorate' Headset Space

Meta is "optimistic" that the launch of Apple Vision Pro will help reinvigorate the headset market and drive more users towards its Quest devices, according to Wall Street Journal report.

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Formerly known as Facebook, Meta in 2021 changed its name in part to communicate its vision of a future "metaverse" in which people don its headsets and interact with each other in a completely virtual reality.

Three years on and after pouring $50 billion into investment, Meta's Quest devices barely count as 1% of the social media company's revenue, and the metaverse remains a largely nebulous concept that has so far failed to capture the imagination of customers.

But with the February 2 launch of the ‌Apple Vision Pro‌ just days away, executives at Meta are viewing Apple's entry into the market as a potential validation of CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s AR/VR gamble that could draw more consumers into the headset space, according to sources who spoke to WSJ.

Meta employees "see the Quest and its software ecosystem emerging as a primary alternative to Apple in the space, filling the role played by Google's Android in smartphones," claims the report.

Meta is hoping that software makers will be inspired to develop apps that increasingly draw users into the space, enabling more people to experience the new virtual environments, with the company's sub-$500 Quest devices offering a more affordable alternative to Apple's high-end $3,499 headset.

Executives at Meta have also reportedly been influenced by Apple's concept of spatial computing, which emphasizes mixed reality by overlaying virtual images onto real-world surroundings. Apple unveiled the Vision Pro in June 2023, and in the meantime Meta has been "increasingly focusing on mixed reality," claims WSJ's sources.

In addition, some developers are simplifying their apps and favor Apple’s design that allows wearers to use their eyes and fingers to control or manipulate what they see. Meta’s Quest primarily relies on the use of controllers for games or applications, although it can work with finger gestures.

Notably, Apple has shunned Meta's digital reality vision at every opportunity. For example, Apple VP of global marketing Greg Joswiak has said that "metaverse" is a word he will never use. Similarly, Tim Cook was quoted in 2022 as saying he's "not sure the average person can tell you what the metaverse is."

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Top Rated Comments

tubular Avatar
20 weeks ago
Shorter Zuckwit: "Please, Apple, make this stuff actually work in a way people actually want to use, unlike our metaverse wasteland, so that we can then ride on your coat tails."
Score: 19 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DelayedGratificationGene Avatar
20 weeks ago
I love how people post paragraph after paragraph of how they just aren’t interested lol
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
DMG35 Avatar
20 weeks ago
Owning a MQ3 was the reason I ultimately ended up cancelling my Vision Pro order. I don't ever use the thing (its for sale in the Marketplace for anyone interested) and as cool as the Vision Pro looks I know it would end up being a $4000 paperweight that I'd use once every blue moon.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
krspkbl Avatar
20 weeks ago
Yeah Apple need to catch up to Meta. I hate that company but gotta admit they are the leader when it comes to headsets. PSVR might be second but that's aimed primarily at gaming on Playstation so not the same market.

Apple will need to lower the price significantly and put out a product to compete with the Quest headsets. Here the MQ3 is ~£450 and I'm expecting the Vision Pro to be now lower than £3,000. Most likely it'll be about the same as the USD price in GBP. Maybe whenever we get a "Vision SE" they'll do that.

At this point I'd rather buy a Quest over Vision and agan I hate Meta and think the Quest isn't all that great. Apple could dominate the headset market but we'll see. Price is a major issue and Vision OS is going to take a while to mature and Apple also need to stop working against developers if they want to build a good app store for the headset.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Simmias Avatar
20 weeks ago
Companies and analysts always get this wrong. There is no “headset space”, only a bunch of failed product ideas. And soon there will be a bunch of Vision Pro imitators if Apple succceeds in creating a new market here. It’s exactly analogous to other Apple products where people try to come up with a generic category name for what Apple is selling and pretend that there is a viable market for generic versions:

-There is no “headset market”, only an Apple Vision Pro market. What other successful mainstream headsets can we name?
-There is no “tablet market”, only an iPad market. What other successful mainstream tablets can we name?
-There is no ”smart watch” market, only an Apple Watch market. What other successful mainstream smart watches can we name?
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
wikiverse Avatar
20 weeks ago
Pretty soon EVERYONE is gonna have a [S] 3DTV [/S] VR headset.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)