Headspace Launches Immersive Mindfulness and Meditation App, Headspace XR, with Meta and Nexus Studios

An immersive playground for the mind, Headspace XR is a first-of-its-kind experience where users can strengthen their mind-body connection and move, play, meditate, or just explore with their friends.

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Headspace, the provider of the world’s most accessible, comprehensive mental health system, and Nexus Studios, an award-winning global studio in film and experience design, today released an immersive reality experience called Headspace XR, available exclusively in the Meta Quest Store. A first-of-its-kind, immersive playground for the mind, Headspace XR incorporates both mixed and virtual reality experiences, including mood-boosting games, one-on-one guided meditations, and techniques to help users strengthen their mind-body connection through movement and breathwork.

Headspace XR was designed to engage younger generations – particularly Gen Z – with mindfulness and meditation tools through a new and innovative medium. According to a study conducted by Gallup and Meta, a quarter of adults worldwide feel very or fairly lonely. Younger generations (ages 19-29) feel loneliness more acutely, with 27 percent reporting they feel very or fairly lonely. Additional data from the APA and CDC states that more than nine in 10 Gen Z adults (91 percent) report having experienced at least one physical or emotional symptom because of stress, such as feeling depressed or sad (58 percent) or lacking interest, motivation or energy (55 percent). This age demographic is at a critical juncture of learning how to build lifelong mental health habits. With the extended reality activities in Headspace XR, players can learn how to incorporate mindfulness techniques into their everyday lives, while also participating in positive socialization and community building with their friends.

"Research shows that when humans play, our brains are activated in a way that can impact overall life satisfaction and emotional well being. Unfortunately, our day-to-day lives are often stripped of this opportunity," said Sara Cohen, vice president of content creation at Headspace. "Together with Meta and Nexus Studios, we're thrilled to combine the power of play with meditation and mindfulness in an immersive experience that also allows you to build community by engaging in Headspace XR together with your friends."

Later this year, Headspace will conduct a randomized control trial to evaluate how Headspace XR helps people with social health and connection, as well as perceived and objective stress, at Virginia Tech. The study aims to explore the direct mental health benefits of mindfulness in virtual environments, specifically providing evidence supporting the effectiveness of using Headspace in the metaverse. This will also contribute to the scientific exploration of the applicability of immersive reality in the future of digital health.

For Meta Quest owners, Headspace XR is a single or multiplayer experience designed to help users:

  • Incorporate mindfulness techniques, such as breathing exercises, movement, body scans and mood tracking – guided by two of Headspace’s mindfulness and meditation teachers, Dora Kamau and Kessonga Giscombe
  • Engage in mixed reality activities which prompt users to bring mindfulness into their everyday lives
  • Experience community by exploring freeplay with friends

“Players keep saying to us, ‘I didn't know mindfulness could be like this!’ – We love that they’re getting to experience the benefits of these science-based mindfulness techniques while having fun and spending time with friends,” said Deborah Casswell, executive creative director, Nexus Studios. “This response really encapsulates our ambition for the project. Nexus Studios took the best of the Quest platform – its social, immersive, playful qualities – and reimagined Headspace’s powerful mindfulness techniques for a younger audience.”

Headspace XR, developed by Nexus Studios and published by Headspace, is available in English on Meta Quest 3, Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro beginning March 6, 2024, in single and multiplayer Immersive 360 formats. Headspace XR will be available for $29.99 as a one-time purchase. The experience is rated E (Everyone).

To try out Headspace XR for yourself, visit the Meta Quest Store.

About Headspace Headspace is your lifelong guide to better mental health. We make mental health support accessible to everyone, no matter their background or experience. Through our flagship Headspace app, we provide mindfulness tools for everyday life, including meditations, sleepcasts, mindful movement and focus exercises. Our enterprise offerings combine this experience with a human-centered model of care, with coaching, therapy, psychiatry and EAP services under one roof. Our team of experts ranges from mental health clinicians to Emmy award-winning producers and data scientists, working together as one to help millions of people around the world be healthier and more productive. To learn more, please visit headspace.com.

About Meta Meta builds technologies that help people connect, find communities, and grow businesses. When Facebook launched in 2004, it changed the way people connect. Apps like Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp further empowered billions around the world. Now, Meta is moving beyond 2D screens toward immersive experiences like augmented and virtual reality to help build the next evolution in social technology.

About Nexus Studios Nexus Studios is an award-winning global studio in film and experience design. Our world-class directors, producers, artists and technologists create groundbreaking works for entertainment, music, sports, and brands. With studios in LA, London and Sydney, they create film and experiences across all platforms including cutting-edge work in the arena of spatial computing. With an in-house team of artists and engineers working side by side, their prolific multi-platform output includes the Gold Cannes Lions winning project, 'Gorillaz Presents', an Emmy-award-winning special for Netflix, Emmy-nominated XR experiences for Google and Marvel, sports activations for the likes of NFL, NBA, MLB and the 5G Dallas Cowboys and AT&T experience. Clients include Niantic, Disney, Amazon Studios, Gorillaz, Sony, Google, Billie Eilish, Apple, Headspace, and Meta.

Contact:
Sara Lindsey
Director, Corporate Communications, Headspace
+1 919 802 8475
press@headspace.com

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