Meta’s Quest Pro is shipping now and the first reviews have rolled in, giving us some real-world insights on what to expect. Meta gave a surprisingly brief glimpse of the product in action during their event Meta Connect earlier this month, but practical experiences are more revealing. Will the Quest Pro be worth the expense and is it really a productivity headset?
Consumer VR headsets cost up to $1,400, but the most popular of them all is the $400 Quest 2, so the Meta Quest Pro really has to shine to justify its $1,500 price tag. As a head-mounted display, image quality is one of the most important features and most early reviewers were impressed.
CNET in Spanish with Scott Stein noting that there wasn’t a massive increase in resolution compared to the Quest 2, but went on to share that “everything looks sharp and vivid. The screen feels bright, and the contrast and black levels are much better than the Quest 2.”
T3 with Yasmine Crossland said: “The visual experience in Meta Quest Pro is really impressive. The colors catch your eye and there is a lot of detail in the ‘world’ around you.”
Android Central and Nicholas Sutrich expressed that “working on the headphones is also surprisingly good. I had high hopes that this would finally be the virtual replacement for my giant 43-inch monitor/TV in my office when I’m not sitting there and so far it feels great to work in this environment.”
Tech Advisor with Lewis Painter notes: “Regardless of the resolution details, there is no noticeable screen door effect with the ability to clearly read text in VR without having to be right in front of it. That’s a boon not just for VR gaming, but also for working in VR.”
Comfort is paramount in a VR headset and the Quest Pro has several changes designed to improve how it feels. Most VR headsets press against your face, but the Quest Pro has a completely new design that’s based around a halo band. This is a very personal topic and reviews were mixed. It’s worth noting that reviewers have had limited time with the Quest Pro and it can take some time to adjust to any headset.
PC Mag with Will Greenwald he said, “I found it to be largely comfortable and safe, and something I could physically wear for a long period of time. Physical comfort, however, doesn’t take into account the eyestrain any VR headset can cause, or the Quest Pro’s battery life.
Android Central with Nicholas Sutrich he exclaimed, “Simply put, Meta took me from ‘there’s no way I’m going to wear a VR headset all day’ to ‘I can’t wait to wear this on a daily basis.’ It really is that comfortable.” Sutrich explained that “this is not just any halo strap. It’s actually a two-part strap that features rigid plastic around the outside and a flexible strap on the inside, helping to better hold it to your head in a smooth way. That, combined with the reduced overall weight and the fact that the curved cell battery is on the back of the strap, makes it really comfortable to wear for long periods of time.”
CNET in Spanish with Scott Stein he expressed mixed feelings, with concerns about light bleeding, stating, “I love that the Quest Pro fits easily over goggles because there are no sides to the earcups. However, this has its ups and downs. The Pro’s design keeps your peripheral vision nearly unlocked while in VR, which can sometimes help me know when there are things nearby that I need to stay away from (or, keep an eye on my kids, sort of). Playing VR games like this, even in a well-lit room, isn’t as weirdly distracting as I thought it would be. But, this headset lacks good light blocking.”
Tech Advisor with Lewis Painter he also had some comfort issues, sharing that “headphones can still get uncomfortable over longer periods of use. I’ve noticed a buildup of pressure on my forehead in two of the longest VR sessions during my week and a bit with the headset that got so uncomfortable I had to stop wearing the headset for a while. That can be alleviated by loosening the crank on the back of the headset, but then the headset loosens and moves slightly during use.”
Meta introduced redesigned controllers for the Quest Pro and is selling them separately as an upgrade to the Quest 2. Representing $300 off the price of the Quest Pro, the Quest Pro touch controllers provide another opportunity to impress reviewers.
Android Central and Nicholas Sutrich explained: “The controllers also have pinpoint accuracy in their movements, and the new pressure points on the controller allow for a ‘precision pinch motion,’ as Meta calls it. In one demo, she was grabbing objects and squeezing them like she would expect in real life.”
Sutrich went on to describe the Quest Pro Touch Controllers’ TruTouch Haptics, saying, “Every element of the user interface appeared like never before, and grasping objects felt more realistic because they could emit some kind of tactile feedback to the grip or virtual touch.”
T3 with Yasmine Crossland exclaimed, “Everything about Meta Quest Pro is easy to use, and that’s largely due to the drivers included in the box. They are hands down the best VR headset controllers we’ve seen yet.”
CNET in Spanish with Scott Stein he also liked the haptics, but was concerned about the weight, stating, “Holding these controllers seems to take a bit more effort because they feel heavier, or I’m worried about dropping them. I make sure to use the wrist loop.”
Tech Advisor Lewis Painter was impressed by the redesigned controllers, noting that they felt compact and light, going on to say, “The big change, as you may have noticed, is the removal of the tracking ring. This allows you to get your hands closer than ever before in VR (no hand tracking anyway!) without bumping the two large rings into each other. Coupled with improved haptic feedback to better simulate the feel of whatever you’re holding or doing in VR, it’s a much more natural and immersive experience.”
Mention of the Quest Pro’s higher price is repeated throughout the reviews. All reviewers seem to agree that the design, build, and implementation are representative of a high-end VR headset. The only real question is whether it’s worth the cost to you. As with any technology purchase, there is much more to consider and a long-term review after a few weeks of use will uncover some benefits and concerns that might otherwise be missed.
The Quest Pro is definitely a VR headset to consider if you’re a VR enthusiast or work in the industry. Professionals who have a need to work in VR might not see the expense as an issue, compared to competing mixed reality platforms like Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 or Magic Leap 2, which cost much more. Meta’s Quest Pro provides a high-end VR experience with a first step toward mixed reality that professionals want.