Zuckerberg unveils hyper-real VR headsets that will put you in the Matrix

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed the future of the metaverse: some powerful new headsets which will make virtual reality feel "indistinguishable from reality".

The prototypes are designed to solve issues standing in the way of making VR realistic. The headsets, named 'Butterscotch', 'Holocake 2', 'Starburst' and 'Mirror Lake', are set to be 'as vivid and realistic as the physical world' and 'much more advanced than traditional computer displays'.

The headsets are building blocks for future virtual reality tech which could pave the way for hyperreal metaverse experiences.

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Currently, Meta's 'Horizon Worlds' is a sophisticated, if cartoony, VR space where people can meet their friends and play virtual games. But Meta wants to go much further and make something akin to real life.

In a roundtable video discussing the future of VR, Zuckerberg said: "I think we're in the middle right now of a big step forward towards realism and creativity right now.

"It's not going to be that long until we can create scenes with basically perfect fidelity. Instead of looking at them on a screen, you're going to feel like you're there, experiencing things you'd otherwise never get to experience.

"That feeling, the richness of that experience, that's why the sense of realism matters."

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If VR headsets do eventually become capable of generating ultra-realistic graphics, it could pave the way for a game world which feels as real as the Matrix.

It's not clear whether better headsets could solve some of the teething problems of a social virtual reality platform however.

Meta has been repeatedly criticised for failing to safeguard users on its Horizon Worlds platform, with one woman saying she was 'sexually assaulted' in the by other users within minutes of logging in.

The alleged victim said: "It happened so fast I kind of disassociated. One part of my brain was like wtf is happening, the other part was like this isn't a real body, and another part was like, this is important research."

Meta has introduced new safety controls such as a 'personal space' bubble following a spate of harassment incidents.

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  • Mark Zuckerberg
  • Metaverse
  • Virtual Reality

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