The new FacebookOculus Quest 2 isnt just about playing games. Facebook also debuted a concept called Infinite Office, a Facebook experiment that will move the concept of multiple displays into virtual reality when it debuts this winter.
Facebook will even get around the problem of typing in VRwhen, otherwise, you wouldnt be able to see your handsby partnering with Logitech on a keyboard. The Infinite Office keyboard will exist in the real world and be seen by the Oculus Quest 2 hardware as well.
Facebooks idea is that productivity should exist in the virtual space, as well as in the real world. With so many people working from home, they may not have a large physical workspace upon which they can mount many monitorswhich improves productivity for most people. By placing those monitors in a virtual space, Infinite Office allows users to surround themselves with screens, and thus accomplish more during their workday.
Key to the Facebook Infinite Office experience will be the Oculus Quest 2, the new $299 Oculus standalone VR headset thats both lighter and more comfortable, and with higher resolutionclose to 2Kon each eye. Facebook hopes that the combination of the two will result in a less fatiguing virtual environment. Its not clear, however, how Facebook will accommodate the Quest 2s 2.5-hour battery lifeperhaps with the new battery-pack accessory the company announced as well.
The Quest 2 operates using either a controller or, now, with limited hand detection. We can hope that the partnership with Logitech is using actual key presses to input data, rather than trying to interpret quick taps of ten fingers. Oculus also disclosed that it will be using its own Oculus browser as a web interface for users, rather than the more traditional Microsoft Edge or Chrome.
Facebook isnt saying much about what its calling an experiment. The company plans to roll it out in what appears to be a limited beta this winter, and it disclosed a partnership with Spatial, a collaborative AR platform. Eventually, we may see whether virtual monitors are as effective as physical displays.