This article will go through the differences between The Oculus / Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro VR Headsets, helping you decide which is best for you.
The biggest differences between the Quest 2 and Quest Pro are:
The Quest Pro design will be smaller and slimmer than Quest 2. A form factor enabled by the new pancake optics technology that headsets like the impressive Pico 4 also use. Meta Quest Pro also has its battery on the back of the device like on all Pico XR devices and the well known Microsoft HoloLens , The result is a much better overall weight distribution provided by the Quest Pro compared to the Quest 2. However, Quest 2 clocks in at 516 grams in weight compared to 722 grams on Quest Pro.
One of the major differences between Meta Quest Pro and Quest 2 is the number of tracking cameras on each device. The Quest Pro has 10 tracking cameras littered throughout the headset. A few of these will be allocated towards mimicking your facial expressions with face tracking and eye tracking, making Social VR more realistic. The Quest 2 does not have face tracking. Furthermore, Quest Pro will utilize AI for body tracking, bringing the wearer’s virtual avatar to life.
The Quest Pro has been built with productivity in mind compared to the Quest 2. The Quest Pro has mixed reality capabilities, which allows for increased interaction with the real world including adding digital layers to it as well as naturally interacting with it. This is due to its full-color passthrough capabilities thanks to front facing cameras. Compared to the Quest 2 which uses its tracking cameras to allow for mono-passthrough to help users if they leave there boundary. Simply in this you can see the different use cases. The Quest 2 is more for gaming and entertainment while the Quest Pro is built for more productivity oriented applications and uses.
Naturally, the visual fidelity on Quest Pro will be sharper with a higher resolution. However, what will be the largest jump in visual quality is dynamic foveated rendering.
Enabled by the dedicated eye-tracking cameras inside the Quest Pro, dynamic foveated rendering will result in up to ten times the visual performance and quality on Quest Pro compared to the Quest 2. We can’t overstate how impactful this technology will be and is expected to be industry-standard within virtual reality for the new VR headsets in 2023.
While Meta is known to subsidize their headsets to increase headset sales, Quest Pro will be a premium VR headset with a higher price targeting enterprises. Announced on Meta Connect, Meta Quest Pro with 256GB storage will cost $1500/€1800. A far cry from Quest 2’s recently increased price of $399.99 for 128GB and $499.99 for 256GB.
Jakob Pii is 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.