Meta Horizon OS Spreads Its Wings to Third-Party Headsets

Meta Horizon OS Spreads Its Wings to Third-Party Headsets
Meta Horizon OS Spreads Its Wings to Third-Party Headsets

Meta Horizon OS Will Run On Headsets From ASUS & Lenovo

Meta is rebranding its Quest software platform to Meta Horizon OS and opening it to third-party headset makers. Headsets running the platform will feature a "Built with Meta Horizon OS" sticker on the box and access the same core software and platform services as Meta Quest headsets, including Meta's tracking, mixed reality technology, and store. Using them will require a Meta account.

The Meta Quest Store will also be rebranded to Meta Horizon Store. Quest will remain only as the hardware brand for Meta's first-party headsets.

Two third-party companies have already publicly announced they are building entirely new headsets running Meta Horizon OS:

  • A "performance gaming headset" from ASUS under its Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand.
  • A line of headsets for "productivity, learning, and entertainment" from Lenovo.

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg envisions third-party Meta Horizon OS headsets optimized around specific use cases, such as:

  • A lightweight headset for improved work experience.
  • A headset focused on immersive entertainment with high-resolution OLED screens.
  • A headset optimized for gaming with support for peripherals and haptics.
  • A lightweight, sweat-wicking headset designed for exercise.

Additionally, Meta is working with Microsoft's Xbox division to create a "limited-edition Meta Quest" headset with Xbox branding. The concept image suggests it will be a special version of Quest 3 with an included Xbox gamepad.

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