Meta, formerly known as Facebook, has unveiled Meta Quest Pro, calling it “the first in a new line of advanced headsets built for collaboration, creativity, and getting things done.” The Quest Pro is approximately four times more expensive than Meta’s currently available headset, the Quest 2, which begins at a price point of $399. Its price tag is $1,499.
Mark Zuckerberg said that the Quest Pro includes upgraded touch controllers that have integrated sensors, allowing for better hand tracking and redesigned lenses for improved reading experiences. Both of these features can be found on the device.
The company’s statement says:
“High-resolution outward-facing cameras capture 4X as many pixels as Meta Quest 2 and make Meta Quest Pro our first full-color mixed reality device. Imagine the possibilities when the physical and digital worlds can finally interact seamlessly, without you craning your neck to look down at a phone.”
During the webcast, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella also spoke about his company’s plans to collaborate with Meta in order to bring some of Microsoft’s work-collaboration software to Quest VR devices.
“You will be able to play 2D games with your Xbox controller projected on a massive screen on Quest.”
Zuckerberg gave a speech during the event, which was recorded in part by video and in part via his Metaverse avatar, in which he stated he anticipates new applications for computers as a result of the convergence of the real and digital worlds.
“You’re going to see entirely new categories of things getting built,” he says.
Since last year, Zuckerberg has invested several billions of dollars into the industry of virtual reality. Reality Labs, the division of Meta that was responsible for bringing the metaverse to life, incurred a loss of $10.2 billion in 2021 and has incurred a loss of roughly $6 billion so far in 2022.