It appears Meta’s next-gen Oculus VR headset may have leaked after an early version of the hardware was found in a hotel room.
Images and a video of an unannounced Meta headset surfaced online recently. The photos and video, originally posted on Facebook by user Ramiro Cardenas showcase the packaging and controllers for a headset labeled “Meta Quest Pro.” Cardenas claimed that the headset was left unattended in a hotel room.
Speaking with Kotaku, Cardenas told the outlet that he found the device in a hotel hallway. “It was mistaken as trash,” Cardenas said to Kotaku. “Since [it was] a large black bag, along in the hallway for hours, until guests complained it was in the hallway.” Cardenas then explained that he examined the trash bags before throwing them out and noticed some Meta Quest boxes.
Although Meta has not officially announced a “Quest Pro” headset, based on the leaked images and video, this headset may be Project Cambria, a high-end VR headset Meta teased at its Fall event late last year. In July, Bloomberg reported that it spotted references to a device called “Oculus Pro” in Meta’s code.
Meta has not shared much on the Quest Pro, such as release date, pricing, or specs. But we know that the headset will be more powerful than the Quest 2, but instead of it being a gaming-centric headset, it is designed for work.
“Later this year, we’ll release a higher-end headset, codenamed Project Cambria, which will be more focused on work use cases and eventually replacing your laptop or work setup,” Zuckerberg said during an earnings call in April. Within the last year.
While Meta has yet to announce the name of its new VR headset officially, the company announced last week that it is holding an event on October 11. CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed the company will reveal its next VR headset and will likely share updates on upcoming games for its Quest products and the company’s plans for its other endeavors, such as the metaverse.
This would not be the first time unannounced and unreleased devices were left unattended, with someone posting images of the products after finding them. In 2010, someone left a prototype of an iPhone 4 at a bar. If we are speaking more recently, Google’s Pixel Watch prototype was found at a restaurant, while a prototype of the Pixel 7, which has yet to be released, was spotted on eBay in May.
Taylor is the Associate Tech Editor at IGN. You can follow her on Twitter @TayNixster.
Editor’s Note: Updated to include a statement Ramiro Cardenas told Kotaku about how he found the device.