The Meta Quest Gaming Showcase 2022 is set to kick off later today, with Meta teasing a raft of game-focused announcements and updates, and rumours suggest we could even see new hardware at the gaming-focused event.
Here’s everything there is to know about the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase 2022, including timings, how to watch live and what to expect from the show.
When is the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase 2022?
This year’s Meta Quest Gaming Showcase is set to kick off today, 20 April 2022 at 10am PST, which translates to 1pm EST and 6pm BST for those tuning in from the UK.
Don’t fret if you miss the show; as with last year’s showcase, it should be available to stream via the company’s Twitch and YouTube channels post-broadcast. You can still watch last year’s showcase if you really want to!
How can I watch the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase online?
As with just about every tech and gaming event in 2022, the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase will be livestreamed via Meta Quest’s official Facebook, YouTube and Twitch. You’ll be able to tune in on your favourite platform from the comfort of your own home and see what Meta has planned for the next 12 months.
Being a VR-focused event, Meta has taken the extra step of livestreaming the event directly in its Horizon Venues VR app.
The app is available on the Oculus Quest 2 and the original Quest, allowing you to experience a fully virtual announcement with other Oculus fans. It’s as close to an in-person event that some will have experienced for quite some time!
We’ve embedded the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase livestream below, so simply bookmark this page and head back at 10am PST/6pm BST to find out what Meta has planned.
What to expect from the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase
As confirmed by Meta in its announcement blog post, this year’s Quest Gaming Showcase will feature "new game announcements, gameplay first-looks, updates on games coming in the next year, and a whole lot of surprises".
While the promise of new announcements and gameplay reveals sounds exciting, what specifically should we look forward to this year?
Among Us VR
One of the only titles confirmed to be making an appearance during the showcase is Among Us VR, a title first revealed at Oculus Connect in October 2021 to much fanfare.
While there isn’t much in the way of gameplay available right now, that’s expected to change at the showcase, with the game’s official Twitter account confirming its upcoming appearance.
heads up Crewmates, we're gonna be in the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase!— Among Us VR (@AmongUsVR) March 30, 2022
✅ april 20
✅ new bean footage
✖ no Impostors allowed
don't miss this emergency meeting pic.twitter.com/KLrmX1fPLI
Separate rumours claim that the game is set for release later this year, possibly in December according to a Steam Database leak, so it’d be a good place for devs to get the hype train rolling.
GTA: San Andreas VR
While not confirmed at this point, it’s more than likely that Meta will take the opportunity to delve into the world of GTA San Andreas VR, the company’s biggest reveal from its Oculus Connect 2021 event.
Though no footage has been shown to date, expectations are high after the release of the impressive Resident Evil 4 VR that developers can deliver an immersive virtual experience in one of the most famous open-world titles of all time.
We’re expecting some kind of gameplay reveal, though the lack of screenshots or footage to date suggests we might not be getting a release date just yet.
Other game announcements
Of course, the showcase won’t just focus on two games. Rumours suggest we could be getting our first glimpse at Peaky Blinders: The King’s Ransom at the showcase, with developer Maze Theory confirming that a 2022 release date is still on the cards – though we’re not quite sure when in 2022 that could be.
Pistol Whip developer Cloudhead Games has recently confirmed that it’s working on a new AAA "next-gen" title with "deeper scope and vision", so it’s possible that we could get a teaser during the showcase too.
It’s also possible that we’ll get updates to existing games, with the ever-popular Beat Saber a likely candidate for new songs, maps and possibly even new game modes.
New VR headset
There’s a slim chance that we’ll see the high-end Project Cambria headset teased last year fully revealed at the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase.
Analyst Ben Lynch suggested a potential release in Q2 2022, though more recent predictions from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo paints a picture of a 2H222 release sometime between July and December 2022. Given the Quest 2’s October 2020 launch, this seems more likely for the high-end Quest.
If you’re curious about the "next Quest" we cover all the latest Quest 2 Pro (Project Cambia) rumours separately.