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Meta announces the Quest Pro VR headset priced at $1500: Here’s all new features and more

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At Meta Connect 2022, Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new VR headset, the Quest Pro, as the successor to the Quest 2. The Meta Quest Pro is the first device in our new high-end line.

It has a lot of new features, like high-resolution sensors for strong mixed reality experiences, crisp LCD displays for sharp visuals, a completely new and sleeker design, and eye tracking and Natural Facial Expressions to make your VR avatar look more like you. 

Next-Generation Optics

Meta Quest Pro improves on Meta Quest 2’s aesthetics. Meta Quest Pro’s redesigned optical stack replaces Meta Quest 2’s Fresnel lenses with thin pancake optics that fold light many times, lowering the optical module’s depth by 40% while giving clear, sharp pictures. Local dimming and quantum dot technologies give the LCDs better hues. Our local dimming solution gives screens 75% more contrast by controlling more than 500 LED blocks on their own.

Meta Quest Pro has 37% more pixels per inch and 10% more pixels per degree than Meta Quest 2, making everything look better. The centre view is 25% sharper, the periphery 50% sharper, and the colour spectrum is 1.3x greater than Meta Quest 2.

Full-Color Mixed Reality

  • Meta Quest Pro has high-res, outward-facing cameras that collect 4X the pixels as Meta Quest 2’s external cameras, unlocking a high-definition, full-color mixed reality experience.
  • Passthrough in Meta Quest 2 shows the world in black and white. Meta Quest Pro lets you see your world in colour.
  • Our Presence Platform features allow developers to construct more comprehensive mixed reality experiences.
  • Meta Quest Pro uses stereoscopic mixed reality passthrough to provide a genuine 3D view. Compared to monooscopic passthrough methods, this improves depth perception and reduces visual distortions for both close-up and room-scale mixed reality scenarios.

Meta Quest Pro’s mixed reality helps you realistically blend your actual and virtual environments, improving social presence, productivity, and collaboration. Immersed lets you set up a virtual workspace with numerous screens surrounding you while using your physical keyboard and mouse. If you’re a furniture designer, you can use Arkio and Gravity Sketch to create precise 3D models in real time and see how they look in your living room. With Presence Platform’s Scene Understanding and Shared Spatial Anchors, developers can construct virtual objects that interact with your physical space—even in co-located experiences where two or more people can play or work together in VR.

Meta Quest Pro: A Sleek New Design

  • Meta Quest Pro is our slimmest and most balanced VR gadget thanks to its pancake lenses and curved-cell battery.
  • It feels amazing when you put it on, allowing you to focus on next-level VR experiences.
  • Meta Quest Pro’s lens spacing mechanism accommodates IPDs between 55mm and 75mm (a larger range than Meta Quest 2, which accommodates IPDs between 58mm and 72mm).
  • The headset’s eye relief dial optimises fit, face tracking, and viewing pleasure. This lets more individuals customise their headsets.

Meta Quest Pro’s open periphery lets you use your peripheral vision to stay present in your environment while multitasking. Magnetic partial light blockers are available with Meta Quest Pro if you wish to be more immersed. Light blockers will be available later this year to make the VR experience more like what you’d expect.

Self-Tracking Controllers

  • Meta Quest Pro’s controllers seem different from Meta Quest 2’s; they’re our new Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers.
  • Three sensors in each controller track their position in 3D space independently of the headgear, allowing 360-degree motion. This improves VR app tracking.
  • The redesigned controllers feel like natural extensions of your hands. They also include rechargeable batteries and enhanced haptics using our new TruTouch Haptics System.
  • Meta Quest Pro includes a charging dock and 45W USB-C power adapter to keep your headset and controllers powered.

But you don’t have to own a Meta Quest Pro to enjoy these fantastic new controllers; Touch Pro controllers can also be used with Meta Quest 2. A standalone pair will be available for $299.99 USD later this year.

More Natural Facial Expressions for Avatars

Whether you’re working in a virtual office in Meta Horizon Workrooms or hanging out with friends and family you can’t otherwise see in person, it’s crucial to have avatars that not only look like you, but also move and express themselves like you would in real life. With eye tracking and natural facial expressions, Meta Quest Pro gets us a step closer to showing your genuine self in the metaverse.

  • Multiplayer apps like Wooorld let you explore 3D maps and 360° photos with friends and family.
    Meta Quest Pro’s new social features prioritise privacy. By default, eye tracking and NFE are deactivated.
  • Images of your eyes and face are stored on the headset, destroyed after processing, and never shared with Meta or third-party apps.
  • Meta Quest Pro’s social features will get better as more developers use the Movement SDK from Presence Platform, which also came out today.

Meta Quest Pro: Quick Specs

  • Design: Counter balanced ergonomics with sleek design
  • Display: Advanced VR LCD screen technology that provides 37% greater pixels-per-inch. And 1.3x larger color gamut that provides more vibrant colors to deliver a more engaging VR experience.
  • Processor: Snapdragon XR2+ processor
  • Memory: 256GB storage, 12GB RAM
  • Sensors and Audio: 10 advanced VR/MR sensors, spatial audio,
  • Charging dock: rapid USB-C power adapter,
  • Accommodated IPD Range: 55 – 75 mm, with continuous IPD adjustment for better visual clarity and less eye strain.
  • Full-color mixed reality, with resolution 4X higher compared to Quest 2
  • Real-time expression tracking allows your avatar to mimic your facial expression. Smiles, eye-brow raises, winks and all.
  • Touch Pro Controllers: Includes 3 cameras and a Snapdragon 662 mobile processor per controller, for 360-degree range of motion in your virtual space.
  • TruTouch haptic feedback, and precision pinch create a more intuitive VR feel.
  • What’s included: Meta Quest Pro Headset, 2 Meta Quest Touch Pro Controllers, Charging Dock, USB-C Power Adapter, Controller Charge Cable, Charging Cable, 2 Stylus Tips, 2 Partial Light Blockers (L & R), Cable Clip, Protective Cover, Cleaning Cloth and 2 Wrist Straps

Meta Quest Pro: Pricing and Availability

The Meta Quest Pro headset, Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, stylus tips, partial light blockers, and a charging dock will be available for $1,499.99 USD on October 25. Starting today, you can pre-order Meta Quest Pro from the Meta Store in any country where Meta Quest products are supported, as well as from select retail partners such as Best Buy in the United States and Canada, Argos and Currys in the United Kingdom, and FNAC and Boulanger in France. You can also pre-order from Amazon in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and France.
 
Along with the new headset and controllers, you can now place pre-orders for a number of accessories that will make your Meta Quest Pro experience better.

  • Meta Quest Pro Compact Charging Dock ($79.99 USD (approx Rs. 6,590), available October 25): This two-in-one dock with a USB-C connection charges your Touch Pro controllers as well as any Meta Quest headset. There is a 45W USB-C power adapter included.
  • Meta Quest Pro Full Light Blocker ($49.99 USD (approx Rs. 4,118), available November 22): a full-light-blocking facial interface that easily attaches to Meta Quest Pro to provide a more immersive experience.
  • Meta Quest Pro VR Earphones ($49.99 USD (approx Rs. 4,118) , available on October 25th): Remove background noise and enter a high-fidelity audio experience with a personalised fit. When the light-blocking accessories are in place, it works. You can connect the right and left earphones to either side of the headset. This keeps the cables from crossing in front of your eyes. 
  • Meta Quest Pro Carry Case from Incase ( ($119.95 USD (approx Rs. 9,881), available October 25): A custom-fit inner shell with interior pockets secures your Meta Quest Pro and accessories. A lightweight outer shell protects you while you’re on the go.


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