After months of rumours and speculation, Meta has finally announced its brand new Meta Quest Pro virtual reality headset. And the good news is that fans don’t have long to wait, because the premium Meta Quest Pro has an October 25 release date. Better still, customers can pre-order the device right now. The downside? It’s a little on the expensive side, costing a whopping £1,499 to pre-order. You can purchase the Meta Quest Pro from the Amazon link below.
While the Meta Quest Pro is expensive, the upside is that it’s capable of much more than the regular Meta Quest 2.
It has a higher resolution, 12GB of RAM, 256GB of storage, and a slimmer, better balanced design. It’s certainly capable of giving PSVR 2 a run for its money, although the higher price point is expected to limit its mass market appeal.
Its high-res external cameras capture four times the pixels as the Meta Quest 2, while the full colour passthrough feature lets you view the outside world live and in living colour.
With this in mind, users can expect more games and apps that take advantage of real-world settings, which ties in to the social side of the MetaVerse.
Likewise, the new eye-tracking and facial tracking features will supposedly lead to more natural interactions.
With the same wireless capabilities as its predecessor, users won’t be restricted by messy wires that impact movement.
It’s even backwards compatible with gaming apps available on Meta Quest 2.
Elsewhere, the Meta Quest Pro comes with a set of brand new controllers, which offer improved tracking and greater stability.
Meta explains more: “Three built-in sensors in each controller track their position in 3D space independent of the headset, giving you a full 360-degree range of motion. This ensures stable tracking across all of your VR apps.
“The controllers have been re-engineered to be more ergonomic and balanced, making them feel like natural extensions of your hands.
“They also come with upgraded haptics using our new TruTouch Haptics system to provide a wider and more precise range of feedback, as well as rechargeable batteries.”
If you’ve ever got your in-game hands crossed when reloading guns in gaming apps like Walking Dead, then you’ll be pleased to hear that the Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers are also compatible with the Quest 2.
The standalone Pro Touch controllers will be available to pre-order later this year. Priced at $299 in the US, expect to pay similar prices in the UK.
Finally, Meta announced a host of new gaming apps for the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro, including PSVR title Iron Man VR, which launches on November 3.
“Take to the skies in Tony Stark’s iconic Iron Man armour,” reads the official description.
“Travel the world and face off against Ghost, a hacker with a dangerous drone army and a mysterious connection to Stark’s past. Packed full of deep-cut references for longtime Marvel fans, this is the closest you can get to inhabiting Iron Man’s armour, short of building your own.”
Among Us VR was given a November 13 release date, while The Walking Dead: Saints & Sinners – Chapter 2: Retribution is out in December.
Elsewhere, Meta confirmed plans to Xbox Cloud Gaming to the Quest Store. This means you’ll be able to access your Xbox games and play them on a huge screen within the VR world.