Using the announcement of Quest Pro, its new $1,500 “premium” VR device, as an opportunity, Meta is announcing plans to open up the Metaverse to gaming enthusiasts as well as corporate users interested in using the new VR accessory to converse via Microsoft Teams with business partners. At the same time, Windows apps will be able to be adapted for VR interaction using hardware provided by Meta.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also confirmed the adaptation of the Xbox Cloud Gaming service for streaming directly to Quest Pro devices, allowing subscribers who own the Meta-supplied accessory to enjoy VR games using nothing more than their internet connection.
“We’re bringing the immersive experience of meeting on Microsoft Teams into the Meta Quest universe, giving users new ways to connect in the VR environment,” Nadella said, noting that custom avatars will eventually add to the experience. Horizon Workrooms, Meta’s VR collaboration space, will connect with Teams, he added, allowing people to join Teams meetings directly from Workrooms.
“Now, you can connect, share and collaborate as if you were meeting in person,” Nadella added.
As for Windows support, Nadella said Microsoft 365 will be brought to Meta Quest in a way that allows users to interact with content in productivity apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook.
As for Xbox Cloud Gaming support on Meta Quest, initially game streaming will work on a 2D screen displayed in VR. Interaction will be done using existing Xbox controllers. However, Nadella hinted that additional features could be coming in the future.