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Meta Quest Pro Headset Review And Expectations

The Meta Quest Pro is packed with innovative features, such as a completely new and sleeker design, crisp LCD displays for sharp visuals, high-res sensors for robust mixed reality experiences, natural facial expressions, and eye tracking that helps your avatar reflect you more naturally in VR.

The headset will be released on October 25 for $1,499.99, and that includes Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, partial light blockers, stylus tips, and a charging dock. It can be pre-ordered from the Meta Store or select retail partners in any country where Meta Quest products are supported.

With its cutting-edge technologies, the Meta Quest Pro is designed to expand the possibilities of VR and mixed reality. 

This headset is the first-ever device powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ platform. It is optimized for virtual reality to run at 50% more power than the Meta Quest 2 with its improved thermal dissipation, resulting in significantly better performance. 

The Meta Quest Pro has 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and ten high-res sensors (five inside the headset and five outside) that will help enhance a variety of immersive experiences.

Next-Generation Optics

The Meta Quest Pro features several other big improvements over Meta Quest 2. The new optical stack replaces the Fresnel lenses in the Meta Quest 2 with thin pancake optics that can fold light several times over. This reduces the depth of the optical module by 40% and provides clear and sharp visuals. The LCD displays use local dimming and quantum dot technology, providing richer and more vivid colors. The custom local dimming tech, which is powered by specialized backlight hardware and software algorithms, is able to control more than 500 LED blocks independently, giving the display 75% more contrast.

The Meta Quest Pro has 37% more pixels per inch and also 10% greater pixels per degree than the Meta Quest 2, which makes everything from reading to playing games look better. There is also a 50% improvement in the peripheral region, a 25% improvement in visual sharpness in the center view, and a 1.3X larger color gamut than Meta Quest 2.

Full-Color Mixed Reality

The Meta Quest Pro has an all-new sensor architecture with its high-res cameras that capture four times more pixels than Meta Quest 2’s external cameras, giving a high-definition, full-color mixed reality experience. With the Meta Quest 2, Passthrough allows you to see the world outside in black and white. But with the Meta Quest Pro, you are able to view your physical environment in full color, which will help developers create a more robust mixed reality experience using the Presence Platform suite of tools. The Meta Quest Pro also features a stereoscopic mixed reality passthrough, combining multiple sensor views to create a natural view of the world in 3D. Compared to monoscopic passthrough solutions, this gives a higher quality and more comfortable experience with a better perception of depth and fewer visual distortions for close-up and room-scale mixed reality scenarios.

The mixed reality on the Meta Quest Pro allows you to combine a physical environment with virtual elements in a realistic way, which will lead to enhanced social presence and an increase in productivity and collaboration. Rather than being confined to the dimensions of your desk space, you could set up a big virtual workspace with multiple screens while still using your physical mouse and keyboard in productivity apps like Immersed. Or, if you are a designer, you could create a detailed 3D model with other people in real time with Arkio and Gravity Sketch and then see how it would look in a real-life space. With scene understanding and shared spatial anchors, developers are able to build virtual objects that interact with a physical space.

A Sleek New Design

The pancake lenses and the curved-cell battery on the back of the headset make Meta Quest Pro the slimmest and most balanced VR device. The Meta Quest Pro features a continuous lens spacing adjustment mechanism that accommodates inter-pupillary distances (IPDs) between 55mm and 75mm (a bigger range than the Meta Quest 2, which accommodates IPDs between 58mm and 72mm). The headset lets you adjust the distance of the lens from your eyes with an eye relief dial to optimize the fit and face tracking, enabling the user to fine-tune the headset to their liking. 

The Meta Quest Pro has been designed with an open periphery, which allows you to use your peripheral vision to stay present in 3D environments while multitasking between the real and virtual worlds. If you would like to be more immersed while using the Meta Quest Pro, you can put on the magnetic partial light blockers. For a more traditional VR experience, you can purchase the full light blocker attachments when they are released later this year.

Self-Tracking Controllers

The brand new Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers have three built-in sensors in each controller that track their position within a 3D space independent of the headset. This gives you a 360-degree range of motion that ensures stable tracking across all of your VR apps.

The controllers have been engineered to be more ergonomic and balanced, which makes them feel like natural extensions of your hands. They come with a new TruTouch Haptics system to provide more of a more precise range of feedback and rechargeable batteries.

The Touch Pro controllers can also be used with the Meta Quest 2. A standalone pair will be available later this year for $299.99.

Natural Facial Expressions For Avatars

Whether you are working in a virtual office or hanging out with friends that you can’t otherwise see in person, it is important to have an avatar that not only looks like you but can move and express themselves as you would in real life. With eye tracking and natural facial expressions, the Meta Quest Pro brings us one step closer to having an authentic self in the metaverse. You will be able to make great memories in multiplayer apps like Wooorld, where you can take virtual trips around the world and explore three-dimensional maps and 360° images with friends and family.