Since the purchase of Oculus, the Meta has made great strides in the realm of extended reality (XR).
In recent years, the company has invested heavily in its vision of the “metaverse,” exploring new ways to bring people together in a digital landscape through virtual, mixed, and augmented reality (VR/MR/AR). Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro are just two examples of the latest immersive technology Meta has to offer. Both are designed to enable powerful MR experiences, although their focus is slightly different.
The Meta Quest 2 is the latest consumer-focused device created by Meta, and was designed primarily for the entertainment and gaming scene, although it has been used by a number of companies for training and collaboration purposes. the Meta Quest Proon the other hand, it is specially designed for the enterprise scene, enabling companies to take advantage of the new era of “Meta work”.
Here are the main differences between the two systems.
Meta Quest Pro vs Meta Quest 2: Features
Both Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro are VR headsets, created by Meta. The Quest 2 is a high-end consumer VR headset, with black and white passthrough, gesture controls, powerful processing, and exceptional visual clarity.
Quest Pro is basically everything Quest 2 is, and then some. It has sharper front cameras, stronger color passthrough, and an intuitive next-level processor. The Quest Pro has many features that are exclusive to the professional market, which helps justify its much higher price.
Let’s look at some of the key features head on:
|Meta Quest 2||Meta Quest Pro|
|an offer||LCD screen||QLED (pancake lens)|
|Precision||1832 x 1920 per eye||1832 x 1920 per eye|
|IPD adjustment||3 presets (58, 64, and 66 mm)||Increments of 55-75 mm|
|Refresh rate||72-90 Hz||72-90 Hz|
|Healer||Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1||Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 + Gen 1|
|memory and storage||6 GB of RAM and 128-256 GB||12 GB RAM and up to 256 GB storage|
|tentacles||Gyroscope, accelerometer, and proximity sensor||Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, gyrometer, barometer, and magnetometer|
|cameras||Four cameras to control and track the speaker||5 cameras for room scale, 2 cameras for face tracking, 3 cameras for each self-tracking console, 3 cameras for eye tracking|
|My voice||3.5 mm jack, stereo speakers, microphone and spatial sound||Spatial audio, dual 3.5mm jacks, built-in stereo speakers and microphone|
|Connection||Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5 and USB Type C Gen 1||Wi-Fi 6E, Bluetooth 5.2, USB Type C Gen 2|
|Face/eye/hand tracking||hand tracking||Face, eye and hand tracking|
Quest Pro vs Quest 2: Display and Performance
While the Quest Pro and Meta Quest 2 both have the same resolution, the Quest Pro has a 10x higher field of view, and better optical technology. Quest Pro supports QLED lenses, with over 500 individual local dimming zones. It also has its own pancake lenses, which provide higher optical quality without compromising ergonomics.
Quest Pro also has a higher color gamut and supports 37% more pixels than Quest 2. Developers in Quest Pro can implement desirable rendering to boost performance and increase accuracy by focusing on where the user’s eyes are looking.
In terms of performance, the Quest Pro is up to 50% faster at creating and streaming content than the Quest 2, thanks to a particularly optimized Snapdragon chip. While Quest 2 is still very fast and efficient at maintaining high frame rates, it’s not as advanced as Quest Pro.
Quest Pro is designed in large part to provide users with a way to create a portable desktop space. Thus it can offer more streamlined experiences in VR, and also provide an enhanced passing experience with colorful visuals, which is excellent for Mixed Reality purposes.
Quest Pro vs Quest 2: comfort and ergonomics
It’s hard to tell if the Quest Pro will be comfortable enough for long-term wear. However, it was designed to be more balanced than the Quest 2, with the battery positioned on the back to counterbalance the weight of the visor.
The lenses are more comfortable to use, too, thanks to continuously adjustable lenses that can be optimized to fit the user’s eyes. The Quest 2 only has 3 positions of IPD adjustments, and the lens distance cannot be adjusted at all.
The Quest Pro also uses flat lens technology, making the screen nearly 40% thinner than the Quest 2. There’s also greater contrast and richer, more vibrant colors available than the Quest Pro, which could allow for a more comfortable viewing experience.
Quest Pro vs Quest 2: comfort and ergonomics
The Quest 2 and Quest Pro both offer hand tracking capabilities, but the Quest 2 is somewhat limited compared to the Pro. Quest 2 relies heavily on controller tracking conducted by the headset, so your hands must remain in view of the headset’s cameras.
Quest Pro controllers have their own built-in cameras, allowing for better gesture control and monitoring. In addition, each controller has new disc sensors, improved touchpads, and the ability to use your controller as a stylus when drawing on virtual whiteboards.
Quest Pro controllers have their own dock for charging, or they can be powered by a proprietary cable, while Quest 2 controllers run on standard double A batteries.
The Quest 2 vs the Quest Pro: Which is better?
It’s fair to say that the Quest Pro is a more advanced headset overall, with better MR experiences, improved processing power, and exceptional visuals. However, it is also much more expensive than Quest 2, as it is aimed specifically at enterprise users.
For gamers and VR enthusiasts looking to explore the virtual reality space for the first time, Quest 2 is a solid tool with great access to a range of content options. However, it simply cannot compete with Quest Pro in terms of advanced tools and settings.
If you’re looking for better visuals, better ergonomics, and processing power, especially suited to the new era of virtual work, Quest Pro is clearly the first choice.