Meta CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerburg officially revealed the company’s new VR headset Meta Quest Pro during the Meta Connect keynote.
The VR revolution is underway. We've designed an all-new headset packed with advanced tech and geared for productivity, creative work and collaboration. This is Meta Quest Pro, available 10.25. Pre-order today. https://t.co/YaFHvwYHlG pic.twitter.com/cBagf0TSGp
— Meta Quest (@MetaQuestVR) October 11, 2022
Meta Quest Pro could very well be the new best VR headset in the market. Aimed at professionals, the VR headset will cost an eye-watering $1500. Judging by its price tag, the headset is definitely not made for casual VR enthusiasts.
Compared to Microsoft’s Hololens (Microsoft’s version of professional VR headsets), the Quest Pro is relatively cheap. Hololens starts at $3500 which is more than twice the price of Quest pro.
The Quest Pro comes with pretty impressive features. According to meta, the new VR headset uses “patented pancake lens” technology which gives it a sleek look and 40% thinner Optical Slack than the Quest 2 (previous meta VR headset).
Meta claims, the images produced by Quest Pro will be significantly better than the Quest 2. Although the 1832×1920 per-eye resolution and 90Hz refresh rate are as same as the Quest 2, 1.3 times color range, 37% more pixels per inch, and 10% more pixels per degree will make the viewing experience of the new headset significantly better.
Quest Pro is designed to be an all-in-one device. Gamers do not need to plug it into any external video system unless they want to play more graphically demanding games.
The Quest Pro is miles ahead of Quest 2 in terms of hardware. The original Quest 2 came with only 6GB of RAM and last-gen Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 GPU whereas the new Quest Pro comes with 12GB Ram and new Snapdragon XR2 Plus GPU. Meta claims that the Quest Pro will be 50% more powerful than the Quest 2 because of using updated hardware.
Meta’s latest VR headset uses high-res outward-facing cameras to capture 4 times better resolution images than Quest 2’s external cameras. Quest Pro also has better facial expression tracking compared to the predecessor.
The controllers that come with Quest Pro are called Touch Pro controllers. Meta says each controller has built-in sensors which help it to track the user’s position in a 3D space. The $300 Touch Pro controllers will be sold separately.
The Quest Pro is now available to pre-order on Meta’s website. Meta will start shipping the headset on October 19 this year.