Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg spoke with Alex Heath and Mathew Olson on The Information about all things virtual and augmented reality. He looks at the future of Facebook Reality Labs and what they have planned for Oculus headsets in the future.
Here are a few interesting pieces from the interview:
Zuckerberg talks about the future of their standalone headsets:
“Because of how hardware gets developed, you kind of need to know what your next three products are going to look like all at the same time. It’s not like software where we’re changing it every couple of weeks. We have product teams spun up now working on the next few generations of virtual reality and what Quest 3 and 4 are gonna look like.”
The new features for Oculus headsets:
“One of the things I’m really excited about for future versions is getting eye tracking and face tracking in, because if you’re really excited about social presence you want to make sure the device has all the sensors to really kind of animate realistic avatars so you can communicate well.”
The software side of development:
“When I think about where you’re at with VR today, there’s some pretty great games & different experiences but I’d love to get to the point where you have realistic avatars of yourself, and where you can make real authentic eye contact with someone and have real expressions that get reflected on your avatar.
“So what do you need for that? Well you need to be able to do eye tracking to do eye contact. You need to have some sense of face tracking or sense of what’s going on with the person’s expressions in order to be able to have those emotions come through naturally.”
We’ve already gotten a look at the beginning of the avatar system envisioned by Facebook in Facebook Horizon and the beta for the new Venues. He announced that Facebook Avatars would ship this year, and they will “get more and more realistic over time”.