It’s always worth rooting under the bedside or in drawers when you’re staying in a hotel room. Who knows what exciting items the previous guest might have forgotten? Like, say, the super-secret Oculus VR headset. That’s what happened to hotel worker Ramiro Cardenas, who claims to have discovered and revealed to the world that the Cambria project is likely to be called the Meta Quest Pro. Then he made a video of opening the can. Modernization: We spoke to Cardenas about how this all happened – see below.
It was the headphone Originally teased last October, with the title of Project Cambria, when Mark Zuckerberg said it would be sold “at the high end of the price spectrum”. in time, we learned They will have cameras that send high-definition, full-color video to their screens, along with face and eye tracking, and all sorts of exciting algorithms.
Now, a full month before the intended announcement date, the new device is available for all to see thanks to a particularly memorable hotel guest. Ramiro Cardenas is very excited, Who posted the video as Zectariuz Gamingpulls the new headset and portable consoles out of their box, while whispering with glee.
This new Meta Quest Pro headphone looks like something the crazy inventor would wear in the ’80s Disney live-action movie about a man who accidentally invents time travel. In the meantime, consoles seem to have dropped the hollow-circle design of the Meta Quest 2 and gone for a simpler, neater form factor.
Covering up identification details, images accompanying the video include an image revealing the legend, “Not for Resale – Engineering Sample.” It’s in a very swish packaging with that in mind! But it does indicate that the product may be close to release.
the edge Reports That Cardenas told them he was able to reunite the headset with the person who stayed in the hotel room, but not before – you know – uploaded photos and a video of the device to Facebook to blast Meta’s plan to reveal it during October’s Meta Connect.
It’s quite the coincidence that Cardenas, and his Zectariuz Gaming page, had already taken a keen interest in the various forms of the Oculus. We have reached out to him to ask how this serendipitous event occurred.
We have of course also reached out to Meta to ask if they’ll bring forward the Pro’s announcement now, and indeed whether they’ll be mounting the engineer’s head on a pike outside their HQ. (We might not have phrased it exactly like that.)
Updated: 09/12/22, 16.28 p.m. ET: Ramiro Cardenas got back to us, to tell us more about how the whole thing happened.
It turns out, despite previous reporting, the bag in which the device was found was in the hallway, outside the hotel room. “It was mistaken as trash,” Cardenas told Kotaku, “since [it was] A big black suitcase, alone in the hallway for hours, until guests complained that it was in the way.”
“The normal process is to dispose of it in the trash,” Cardenas continues, but he said that when checking to see if it contained liquids, he noted the Oculus bins. He thought to himself, “Great, someone bought an Oculus Quest and threw the boxes away,” but then noticed that the boxes were black. He remembered, “Those haven’t been on the market yet,” so he brought them to the back office of the hotel to make sure the boxes weren’t empty. This, he says, is the video.
“Then I returned it, and recorded that it was found [and] I asked someone who pretends to provide identification and identifies the items inside the bag,” Cardenas told us. “There was no way to guess it.”
Later, the owner demanded them, and left the hotel with the words “No thanks.”
Cardenas adds that he hasn’t run the Meta Quest Pro, haven’t tried it, and opened the box only to confirm it wasn’t trash. But he adds, “Did you wish I had kept it? Yes. Does it hurt to bring it back? Yes.”
Some damned honesty there. Because who wouldn’t have been inclined to bring up what was, after all, lying in the hallway like trash? Let’s hope Meta does something decent and makes sure Cardenas gets their own Meta Quest Pro at launch.