The future is here. We tell you how you can already enter certain parts of this new universe.
Virtual and augmented reality ecosystems are already here. How can we enter the Metaverse?
Mark Zuckerberg has announced it as the jewel of his company and shows us a diverse future in which we’ll be able to transfer many daily activities to immersive worlds.
On this platform, the idea is that you aren’t a spectator but that you participate and get involved in that feeling of presence and connection with other avatars, who are people just like you, wanting to have a good time.
Metaverse is under construction, but there are already features that can be tested at Oculus, Meta’s technology subsidiary.
To enter many options that are already available, you need the Oculus Quest 2 goggles, which are light, adapt to the size of your head, are wireless, and have a fast processor and next-generation graphics.
With these multipurpose devices, you can work, browse web pages and play games, similar to the way we do with smartphones and laptops.
They have 6 GB RAM combined with the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 platform that guarantees smooth performance. Their resolution is 1832×1920 per eye. The simplest 128 GB version starts at 299 dollars.
Controllers are sold separately, one for each hand. They’re light and adapt to the size of your hand.
They’re necessary because you select the game options with the buttons, and they also give you the feeling that your virtual hands are really synchronized with your own.
Each is priced at 69 dollars.
With Horizon Venues, you’ll have total access to concerts, comedy shows, and sports events, on the front row, without leaving the comfort of your own home. Monthly NBA games can be enjoyed in virtual reality.
You can also play first-person video games and experience horror, the fight for survival, adrenaline, or other complex and captivating emotions.
There is something for everyone in the play store, such as Resident Evil 4, Jurassic World Aftermath Part 2, or YouTube in 3D.
On Beat Saber, you can also attend concerts by artists such as Billie Eilish or Imagine Dragons.
Quest for Business is an enterprise solution to create immersive virtual reality experiences for businesses accessed through Facebook (starting next year, this step will no longer be required).
Your purchase includes the Oculus Quest 2 goggles, Oculus platform software, app store, Android device administrator and setup, and customer service.
If purchased through a corporate account, it costs 799 dollars (259 GB version).
In the business account, you can work in Horizon Workrooms and Gravity Sketch to model 3D figures.
It’s still in the experimental stage. They’ll begin to offer a private beta version for some companies at the end of this year, and it’ll be available to all companies starting in 2023.
Services like Slack, Dropbox, Canva, Facebook, and Instagram will soon work in VR as 2D panel apps in Horizon Home.
You can update your tasks and files without having to remove your headphones.
There’s a wide range of machine perception and artificial intelligence capabilities that allow you to create realistic voice, interaction, and mixed reality experiences that seamlessly blend virtual content with a user’s physical world.
They include Passthrough, Spatial Anchors, and Scene Understanding tools to create complex experiences in home spaces.
The apps will be available on the Oculus Store and App Lab. Soon you’ll be able to have a better perspective of scenes, a specific topic that you’re interested in, or a part of your professional environment in combination with virtual objects.
Yes, the idea is that you feel that you’re holding an object, that you feel its texture with the Interaction SDK, which will have high-quality manual interactions and a library of touch gestures.
And the option of adding voices with Voice SDK is also being tested. How else could you motivate yourself to exercise without those voices giving you encouragement to start the routine? Both options are still in the experimental stage.
Project Cambria, headphones for a better interactive experience that include features such as face tracking and true color transfer, will be available next year. There’s also a new optical system called “pancake optics.”