Meta’s Connect Keynote (formerly Oculus Connect Keynote) wrapped-up on October 11, boasting a broad range of intriguing announcements and updates. Among the Metaverse and software-related news was the official unveiling of the Meta Quest Pro; a premium, socially-focused VR headset with exciting new features that launched October 25th.
Known internally (and to enthusiasts with a keen eye for leaks) as Project Cambria, this new offering focuses specifically on broadening VR’s expressiveness in both content and user interaction. Technical improvements were amid the initial announcements, with better lens construction, weight distribution, comfort, screen specifications, and an updated implementation of the Quest 2’s ‘Inside-Out’ tracking.
This method of tracking is what allows for the Quest product line’s ease of set-up and use; a set of sensors look outward into the physical playspace from the headset, creating a digital map to recognize the position and rotation of both the headset and controllers. Inside-out tracking is also available on other headsets like the recent Vive Focus 3, which you can learn more about through our upcoming webinar.
While the Quest and Quest 2’s tracking method is shared with this new Pro model, refinements and additions have been made, most notably that of inward-facing sensors meant specifically for tracking facial expressions. This opt-in feature (meaning that it is set to ‘off’ by default, and must be manually enabled by the user) can connect to a variety of applications, where real-world expressions and mannerisms are represented in VR to better share reactions or communications.
The Quest Pro is not set to replace the Quest 2, however there are new accessories that are compatible between the two; the Quest Touch Pro Controllers offer more consistent tracking with an array of new sensors, along with more refined feedback through haptic motors said to feel similar to the PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller.
The overall button placement and functionality is fundamentally unchanged, however Meta believes that the new tracking and haptic motor features set these controllers well apart from that of the Quest and Quest 2.
That was definitely a lot, but what does it all mean for location-based VR operators? With any new headset, owners will likely ask themselves if they should be adopting them — and that’s certainly going to be the case given the Meta Quest line’s reputation. The Quest Pro’s features and potential is certainly exciting. If you’re looking to learn more about this or any headset, feel free to reach out to us here! We’d be happy to discuss the best headset option for your business.