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Facebook CEOs, including Zuckerberg, show off prototype VR headsets ahead of developer conference

Facebook CEOs, including Zuckerberg, show off prototype VR headsets ahead of developer conference

CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook CTO-to-be Andrew Bosworth showed off prototype VR headsets on social media a year after Facebook released its Oculus Quest 2 VR device, and weeks before Facebook's VR and AR-focused Connect conference. Whether or not they are anything that is connected to the development of future products remains to be seen.

Both headset demos were created during a visit by the execs to Facebook Reality Labs Research, Facebook's future-forward research lab where Michael Abrash leads the development of VR/AR hardware ideas well beyond the current consumer technology Facebook is selling now. Certaines of the prototype concepts may still be years away.

Notably, Zuckerberg's headset has "retina level" resolution, the CEO said, but it looks more like a standard VR headset. A few extremely expensive VR headsets, such as the Varjo XR-3, already have a superb resolution, but can cost thousands of dollars to obtain. Bosworth's headset, on the other hand, looks more like a pair of glasses-sized VR goggles.

The timing is intriguing. HTC will unveil its Vive product tomorrow, while Facebook's developer-focused Connect conference will be held on Oct. 28. We don't know for sure if the VR hardware will be announced at that conference or not. Zuckerberg discussed ideas for an upcoming Oculus Quest Pro headset earlier this year with CNET about potential features such as more sensors and a higher resolution.

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