02 December 2022
Meta has launched its new high-end all-in-one VR headset called Quest Pro. It is the most expensive and feature-rich headset in the Quest lineup that has ideally focused on keeping the cost as low as possible. This is the same product that appeared in leaks under the codename Project Cambria.
The Meta Quest Pro is said to be the world's first device powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2+ platform. The platform is optimized for virtual reality and is claimed to deliver 50% more power than the Quest 2. It is further said to be better at heat dissipation at the same time which is another crucial benefit for users. The headset comes with 10 high-res sensors where five of which are on the inside and the rest on the outside. There is 12GB of RAM and 256GB onboard storage.
The headset features a completely new optical stack that replaces Fresnel lenses with thin pancake lenses. This new setup is said to fold the light several times over to provide clear and sharp visuals. It will also reduce the depth of the optical module by 40%. There are dual LCD panels with quantum dot and local dimming technologies. The latter is capable of controlling more than 500 individual LEDs independently.
It is said to have 37% more PPI and 10% greater pixels per degree as compared to Quest 2. Essentially all types of content will appear sharper and clearer on the new device. Meta says Quest Pro will also allow users to see their external environment in full color which was previously limited to black and white. This will make the whole mixed reality experience feel more immersive than ever. It has a new lens adjustment system that will allow users to adjust the distance from the lens for optimized face tracking, fit, and viewing experience.
The new headset comes with a new pair of controllers called Quest Touch Pro controllers. Each controller has three built-in sensors that can track their position in 3D space independent of the headset. These are said to be more balanced and ergonomic so that they feel more natural to hold and use.
Meta has priced the Quest Pro at $1499.99 in the United States. The new controllers are compatible with Quest 2 as well and can be purchased separately for $299.99. These are currently up for pre-orders but sales will begin on October 25th. It will be sold in all countries and territories where Quest products are already available officially.