Facebook has announced the Meta Quest Pro, a new all-in-one VR headset designed for collaboration and creation. Described by the company as its most advanced headset yet, the Meta Quest Pro couples a sleek new design with next-generation optics, enabling a mixed-reality experience at a resolution that’s 4X higher compared to the Meta Quest 2. Users will also find self-tracking controllers, 10 advanced VR/MR sensors, spatial audio, 256 GB of storage, 12 GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon XR2+ processor that delivers 50% more power for better performance. It will be available for purchase on October 25 for $1,499.99 USD, alongside various accessories.
- Meta Quest Pro Compact Charging Dock ($79.99 USD, out October 25): This two-in-one dock charges your Touch Pro controllers and any Meta Quest headset with a USB-C connection. A 45W USB-C power adapter is included.
- Meta Quest Pro Full Light Blocker ($49.99 USD, out November 22): A full light-blocking facial interface that easily attaches to Meta Quest Pro for a more immersive experience.
- Meta Quest Pro VR Earphones ($49.99 USD, out October 25): Tune out background noise and step into a high-fidelity audio experience with a customized fit. Works with the light blocking accessories in place. Separate right and left earphones can connect to either side of the headset, which helps prevent cables from crossing over one another in your field of view.
- Meta Quest Pro Carry Case from Incase ($119.95 USD, out October 25): A custom-fit inner shell with interior pockets securely stores your Meta Quest Pro and accessories. A lightweight outer shell provides on-the-go protection.
From the Meta Quest blog:
Meta Quest Pro is the first-ever device powered by the new Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ platform, which is optimized for VR to run at 50% more power than Meta Quest 2 with better thermal dissipation, resulting in significantly better performance. Each Meta Quest Pro comes with 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and 10 high-res sensors (five inside the headset and five outside) that help enhance a variety of immersive experiences.
VR is all about the visuals, and Meta Quest Pro features several big improvements over Meta Quest 2. Meta Quest Pro’s entirely new optical stack replaces the Fresnel lenses in Meta Quest 2 with thin pancake optics that fold light several times over, reducing the depth of the optical module by 40% while providing clear and sharp visuals. The two LCD displays use local dimming and quantum dot technology to provide richer and more vivid colors. Our custom local dimming tech, powered by specialized backlight hardware and accompanying software algorithms, can control more than 500 individual LED blocks independently, giving the displays 75% more contrast.
Meta Quest Pro also has 37% more pixels per inch and 10% greater pixels per degree than Meta Quest 2, making everything from reading text to playing games look better. Additionally, there’s a 25% improvement in full-field visual sharpness in the center view, 50% improvement in the peripheral region, and 1.3X larger color gamut than Meta Quest 2.
Meta Quest Pro has an all-new sensor architecture with high-res outward-facing cameras that capture 4X the pixels as Meta Quest 2’s external cameras, unlocking a high-definition, full-color mixed reality experience. On Meta Quest 2, Passthrough lets you see the world outside your device in black and white. But with Meta Quest Pro, you can view your physical environment in full color. This helps developers create more robust mixed reality experiences using our Presence Platform suite of tools. Meta Quest Pro features stereoscopic mixed reality Passthrough, which combines multiple sensor views to create a natural view of the world in 3D. Compared to monoscopic passthrough solutions, this results in a higher quality and more comfortable experience with better depth perception and fewer visual distortions for both close-up and room-scale mixed reality scenarios.
Today’s Connect keynote also saw a number of game announcements for the Meta Quest 2, including Marvel’s Iron Man VR, a new port of the title that originally launched for PlayStation VR headsets in 2020. Additionally, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced that Xbox Cloud Gaming (Beta) is coming to the Meta Quest Store, allowing Meta Quest 2 owners to experience their favorite Xbox titles on a bigger, more immersive screen.