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Meta opens Quest OS to third-party headset makers, taps Lenovo and Xbox as partners | TechCrunch

Meta opens Quest OS to third-party headset makers, taps Lenovo and Xbox as partners | TechCrunch

The mixed reality operating system that powers the MetaQuest headset can officially be used by third-party device makers, the company said. announced on Monday. Now called “Meta Horizon OS,” the open system allows developers to access technologies such as eye, face, hand, and body tracking. High-resolution pass-throughand more.

Three major tech players — Asus, Lenovo and Microsoft's Xbox — are the first companies to confirm that they will develop new devices running the software. Specifically, Microsoft is teaming up with Meta to create a “limited edition MetaQuest, inspired by Xbox,” according to the announcement. Asus and Lenovo, on the other hand, are making headsets designed for specific use cases. Asus is developing a headset dedicated to gaming while Lenovo wants its device to be “for productivity, learning and entertainment.”

The company says all future headsets can connect via the same MetaQuest app on iOS and Android. In addition, the MetaQuest Store, which the company named the MetaHorizon Store, is open to third-party developers, allowing them to use Meta's framework and tools to create new mixed reality experiences.

Meta Horizon OS is a strategic move for the company and comes at a time when the VR/AR headset wars between Meta, Apple and Sony continue to heat up.

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