Meta Quest Pro is an expensive bet on the future of the Metaverse

While nearly everyone still calls it Facebook, changing its official name to Meta shows how much the company, or at least CEO Mark Zuckerberg, believes the metaverse is the future of not just computing but social media as well. After a few months of hype and hype, some of the narratives surrounding the metaverse have faded a bit. There is also news that Meta itself is taking a step back to think about its big projects. This is not to say that Meta has given up on those ambitions, and in reality he is making an even bigger bet on that future. He just launched a new mixed reality headset that aims to take the metaverse beyond gaming and entertainment, but comes at a pretty steep price point that almost makes that dream even more out of reach for most people.

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The Meta Quest Pro is the latest headset produced by the company formerly known as Facebook and combines two of its main VR designs and strategies. Like the Quest 2, the Quest Pro is a standalone device that does not require a connection to a PC, which would limit the wearer’s mobility. Like the older Oculus Rift system, however, it has enough power and features that allow for a greater variety of experiences and, in Meta’s words, enable the Metaverse.

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It definitely looks refined and leaner even than Meta Quest 2, so in the end you won’t look silly wearing one for “serious business”. It is no heavier in the front like almost all standalone VR headsets due to the battery transfer to the back of the strap, creating a more balanced design. Pancake lenses also allow you to streamline everything by offering a better view of the wearer’s field of vision. More than just a design update, however, Meta Quest Pro also offers more power and flexibility in the way it mixes virtual and real.

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Outward facing color cameras, for example, will allow you to see the real world beyond the headset, allowing Meta’s system to seamlessly combine virtual objects with physical objects or vice versa. Inward-facing cameras, on the other hand, are able to track not only where your eyes are pointing, but also your expressions which can be mirrored on your avatar’s face. The new controllers themselves also have their own cameras so you can track your position and position independently and with greater accuracy.

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All of this results in a metaverse-oriented device that offers more flexibility and more options that go beyond the usual VR and AR applications. In fact, Meta sees Quest Pro more as a productivity and work tool that can help you get your job done no matter where you are in the physical world. However, all of this power comes at a high price; $ 1,499, to be exact. It’s nearly four times the price of the Meta Quest 2 at $ 399, but it packs a lot more features too. However, it is a costly investment even for companies that could afford it, especially for a future metaverse that few can see.

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