Virtual reality (V.R.) company Meta has revealed its latest product, the Quest 3, which aims to blend virtual and physical reality to enhance connectivity and productivity. During a demonstration with Meta employees, the question of the purpose of mixed reality was raised. While the answer was slightly vague, Meta believes that allowing users to interact with both virtual and physical space simultaneously could make it easier for people to feel connected, potentially aiding collaboration on work tasks. Although specific apps for work purposes are still being developed, Meta showcased mixed reality games to promote the Quest 3.
During the demonstration of the Quest 3, Meta emphasized the use of mixed reality for gaming. First Encounters, a space game, allowed the user to use a blaster gun to remove virtual bricks from a wall, enabling them to see into the real world. In addition, a Stranger Things VR game placed the user in the role of the series’ antagonist with telepathic powers. Virtual cracks embedded into the physical room could be seen, and by pointing at these cracks, the user could manipulate their surroundings virtually. These gaming experiences exemplify the potential of mixed reality and give a glimpse into the capabilities of the Quest 3.
Despite the focus on gaming, Meta envisions the Quest 3 as a tool for work collaboration as well. By bridging the gap between virtual and physical spaces, the Quest 3 could facilitate a more connected and immersive work experience. Although specific work apps are still under development, Meta is confident in the potential of mixed reality to enhance productivity and collaboration. The Quest 3 marks another step forward in Meta’s ongoing investment in V.R. technology, demonstrating their commitment to pushing the boundaries of virtual and physical reality integration.