Code snippets in the latest Quest update indicate the existence of Oculus Quest Pro and support for eye and face tracking.
It’s no secret that Facebook is developing a professional version of Oculus Quest. In the spring, the head of Facebook XR, Andrew Bosworth, confirmed the development, and soonMark Zuckerberg spoke about Quest Pro.
The official announcement has not yet been made and should take place on October 28. On this day, the second annual conference of XR developers will be held Facebook Connect.
Notes on face and eye tracking
Reddit user Reggy04 studied the code of the latest Quest update and found links to Oculus Quest Pro and its functions.
The new VR glasses are explicitly mentioned in the hand tracking setup:
- “Quest Pro evaluates the size and movement of your hand, so in VR you use your hands instead of VR controllers.”
The following two outputs describe how eye and face tracking calibration can work. Below are code snippets related to eye tracking.
- “Follow the target with your eyes”
- “Eye calibration error”
- “Eye movement assessment completed”
Obviously, to set up face tracking, Quest users must use different facial expressions:
- “Smile naturally until the calibration is completed. You may have to stay in this position for a few seconds.”
- “Show an angry look on your face until the calibration is completed. You may have to stay in this position for a few seconds.”
- “Frown until the calibration is complete. You may have to stay in this position for a few seconds.”
- “Show a surprised expression until the calibration is completed. You may have to stay in this position for a few seconds.
- “Calibration failed. Repeat…”.
- “Facial movement assessment completed.”
Last but not least, Reggy04 mentioned the “depth button”, with which you can adjust the distance between the eyes and the lenses, similar to the Valve Index or Oculus Rift S.
Quest Pro: launch, probably in 2022
Back in June, Reddit user Basti 564 discovered the first signs of eye and face tracking, but they were described in detail and did not tell anything about calibration.
As mentioned earlier, VR glasses should be presented at the end of October. According to the boss of XR Facebook, Andrew Bosworth, they will definitely not appear this year. Accordingly, it should be sometime in 2022.