Meta is launching its first equipment retail store on its campus in Burlingame, California. The store, which opens May 9th, will let visitors try out and buy Meta’s Portal videophones and Quest virtual reality headsets. They’ll also be able to demo the Ray Ban Stories smart glasses that debuted last year and get help requesting them online. Meta’s store will incorporate a demo zone for Entry where users can test its video calling features with a store representative. There’s a space to test a few Quest 2 demos, counting Beat Saber, GOLF+, Genuine VR Angling, and Powerful, and visitors will take domestic a 30-second blended reality clip showing them playing a game. They can too attempt on different styles of the Ray Ban glasses, which capture and share video with built-in cameras, and test their capabilities before buying. Meta is also including a “Shop” tab to its site, making it less demanding to find all its items in one put online.
It’s also, however, a lovely limited one. The little 1,550 square foot storefront is opening close Meta’s Reality Labs headquarters at 322 Airport Boulevard in Burlingame rather than a major metropolitan area like Google’s store in Manhattan. It will be open from 11:00AM to 6:00PM Monday through Friday, which isn’t precisely prime shopping hours. Meta store head Martin Gilliard says in a explanation that the Burlingame location “gives us more opportunity to explore and keep the client experience core to our development,” lessons from which will “help define our future retail strategy.” Meta’s last big item release was last year, but the retail store appears likely to supply a staging ground for showing off future VR / AR ventures as they create, including more progressed mixed reality glasses and control frameworks. It moreover gives Meta an up close see at how people will react to this hardware much of which raises noteworthy protection concerns in a real world setting.