On October 11, 2022, Meta had an event that they have been hosting every year since 2020 called “Meta-Connect,” which is an event that is supposed to focus on all the aspects of the VR and AR programs that Meta has been working on throughout the year. This year Meta introduced a groundbreaking component to Meta’s Metaverse, one that will shape VR as a whole: Legs.
In the livestream Mark Zuckerberg himself said “But, seriously, legs are hard. Which is why other virtual reality systems don’t have them either,” however, this information is not all correct, as VR chat (ever since their release in January of 2014) has had legs as a part of the game itself. Seeing how Mark Zuckerberg is just now revealing that legs are a part of the Metaverse, they will not even be a part of the game until next year.
Then, on top of all of this, According to Ian Hamilton, and many other VR enthusiasts “For those who’ve been wondering about the legs shown in the Connect keynote, Meta said that “To enable this preview of what’s to come, the segment featured animations created from motion capture.”
– Ian Hamilton
This is not only outrageously disrespectful to the VR community, but disappointing to all of the tech industry as a whole. With Meta not being able to implement legs is beyond our expectations, and that is not in a good way. Hopefully we can see meta actually implement legs this upcoming year, and introduce something bigger at the same time to make up for this massive loss on Meta’s part.
Another announcement that Meta had was the release of the Meta Oculus Quest Pro. Being mostly targeted toward working class people, the Meta Oculus Quest Pro is very efficient in many areas…….except the price tag of course. The system itself will be retailing at a whopping $1500, which will be expected to release on October 25th of this month. Hopefully the performance can compensate for it’s quite outrageous price given that we haven’t gotten much insight on the product itself yet.
Now with this we conclude that Meta has taken nothing but losses this: with their reveals on the Meta quest pro, and their introduction to legs in the metaverse, we can hope to see something more interesting in the future, and as IB students strive for the best you can do and the best you can be.