Some of the most exciting VR headsets released in 2022 are the European and Kickstarter-backed Lynx R1 and the Meta Quest Pro. Both headsets are aimed at prosumers and enterprises, and both feature high-fidelity mixed reality. Which leaves the question: what are the most important differences between Lynx R1 vs the Meta Quest Pro?
In this article, we will cover the following key differences between the Lynx R1 vs the Meta Quest Pro:
Meta Quest Pro has gone above and beyond in tracking. The headset has 16 external and internal tracking cameras distributed across the headset and the Pro controllers. This means the Quest Pro has eye-, hand-, face-, and body tracking.
In comparison the Lynx R1 only has hand tracking, using 2 external cameras. So for use cases where eye, face and body tracking are of importance the Quest Pro is the right headset.
What must be said is that the hand tracking on the Lynx R1 using its specialised software is very good, and works even to a high level in the darkness. This is in large part due to the fact that the device was originally designed with the idea of not working with controllers, which meant a large focus was put on the native hand tracking.
Notably, the Meta Quest Pro has an overall crisper and clear display with 1800 x 1920 resolution per eye within its 106° horizontal field of view, compared to Lynx R1’s 1600 x 1600 resolution per eye within its 90° horizontal FoV. Furthermore, Meta’s partnership with Samsung is also seen in the Quest Pro, as the display has 500 local dimming zones from Samsung’s Quantum Dot technology delivering a high contrast rate and deep blacks.
Lastly, where Meta Quest Pro uses the popular pancake lens, Lynx went with a custom freeform prism design. This means the Lynx R1, through a 4-fold mirror array, combines four images per eye into one image.
|Lynx R1||Meta Quest Pro|
|Resolution||1600 x 1600 resolution per eye||1800 x 1920 resolution per eye|
|Foveated rendering||Static (optional)||Dynamic|
|Refresh rate||90 Hz||72/90 Hz|
|Field of view||90°||106°|
In terms of processing power the Meta Quest Pro is far superior, with the purpose built Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ offering more than the standard XR2 found on the Lynx R1. Along with this the Meta Quest Pro comes with 12GB of RAM which is double that found on the Lynx R1. The processing power can however be deceiving as the Meta Quest Pro requires far more processing power to run due to the 16 cameras working simultaneously on the device which means the available RAM is not as significant as it seems on paper.
|Lynx R1||Meta Quest Pro|
|Infrastructure||Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2||Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+|
|CPU||Octa-core Kryo 585||Octa-core Kryo 585|
|GPU||Adreno 650||Adreno 650|
|RAM||6 GB LPDDR5||12 GB LPDDR5|
|Storage||128 GB||256 GB|
|SD Card Slot||Yes||No|
In terms of battery life the Lynx R1 is between 50% to 30% better than on Meta Quest Pro. On Meta Quest Pro, the battery life is between 1.5 hours to 2 hours, depending on tracking features used, whereas Lynx R1 delivers a consistent 3 hours of battery life.
TheLynx R1 costs €1299 which means the R1 is significantly less than the Meta Quest Pro priced at €1799.99.
Jakob Pii is the Head Writer for VR Expert and currently lives in the UK. He started his career in VR gaming in 2015 and has stayed in XR since, from exposure therapy in VR to 360-degree video documentaries. He is fascinated by how emerging technologies change how we live, play and work.