On the 11th of October 2022, Meta, one of the leading VR companies focusing on the metaverse and extended reality market announced its latest device the Meta Quest Pro Headset. The unveiling came at the companies annual Meta Connect Dev Conference by Zuckerberg himself.
The new headset has the following technical specifications:
|Meta Quest Pro|
|Resolution||1800 × 1920 per eye|
|Optics / Lens type||Pancake|
|Tracking||6 DoF Inside-out|
|Battery life||1-2 Hours|
|Display Engine||Dual 2.48-inch mini-LED|
|Dynamic Foveated rendering||Yes|
|Connectivity||USB-C: WiFi 6: Bluetooth 5.3|
|Video Passthrough||Color passthrough|
|Controllers||Dual Meta Controllers with 6 DoF tracking|
The price of the Meta Quest Pro will be €1800, putting it in a different price category than the Meta Quest 2 and Pico 4 headsets, mainly due to the added premium features.
The Quest Pro will be available for pre-order from the 12th of October until the 25th of October. After this, the headset will begin shipping and be available for direct purchase.
The new VR headset will be directly available for purchase from the 25th of October
Coming from the novel pancake optics, the headset has a slim and stylish design with lightweight and great comfort. The front of the device is almost ⅓ the size of the Oculus Quest 2. The Quest Pro also has the battery placed in the back of the device to give it a better and more even weight distribution. This makes the device more comfortable to wear for extended periods of time, something Meta will continue to focus on with future devices if they want the metaverse to become a reality.
This will be Meta’s first headset powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ processor. This processor is capable of providing 50% more power than its predecessor the XR2. The processor will also help with battery optimization.
The Quest Pro VR headset has been fitted with a total of 16 tracking cameras; 10 on the headset itself and 6 on the controllers. Meta already has been a leader in tracking technology so with the new generation technology and increased number of tracking cameras the device will have some of the best tracking capabilities on the market. The device will be support eye-, hand-, face tracking and body tracking.
Echoing PlayStation VR2, Meta Quest Pro features dynamic foveated rendering. As opposed to static foveated rendering seen on Quest 2, Meta Quest Pro uses its eye tracking to optimize the rendering in real time based on where the wearer is looking. In other words, the processing is focused away from your peripheral vision that by nature is blurry (even black and white), achieving ten times the greater visual performance.
Jakob Pii is the Head Writer at 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.