Meta Quest Professional overview: A next-gen headset for the VR devoted


At present, few issues make folks’s eyes roll tougher than the metaverse. As somebody who grew up studying sci-fi novels and dreaming about what digital worlds would possibly seem like sooner or later, that is sort of unhappy, however I get it. Mark Zuckerberg is so thirsty to make these desires a actuality that he’s betting billions of {dollars} and the survival of his firm on the metaverse being The Subsequent Large Factor. In the meantime, the typical individual remains to be questioning what the purpose of getting a VR headset actually is, except for perhaps smashing some polygons in Superhot or Beat Saber.

Nonetheless, regardless that it seems like VR headsets have been round without end, we’re nonetheless very a lot within the early days of digital actuality. It was solely a few years in the past when the corporate beforehand generally known as Fb introduced VR to the lots with the Quest 2. And now with the Quest Professional, Meta is attempting to foster a brand new baseline degree of tech designed to make digital worlds really feel extra lifelike, intuitive and immersive. And truthfully, I feel Meta has finished it, as a result of whereas its $1,500 worth is tough to justify, it’s straightforward to see the potential of what this {hardware} can assist.


  • Glorious optics
  • Comfy and straightforward to placed on
  • Surprisingly good battery life
  • Bought built-in audio system with spatial sound
  • Included wi-fi charging dock
  • Subtle inside and exterior sensors


  • Very costly
  • Considerably heavy
  • At present not a number of optimized apps
  • Scene understanding can get confused in cluttered rooms.

{Hardware} and optics

Packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ chip, 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, the Quest Professional delivers 50 p.c extra efficiency than the Quest 2, in line with Meta. Nonetheless, the actual problem in designing this headset was mixing its standalone design with one thing that is easy and comfy to put on, and I feel Meta has struck an nearly splendid steadiness.

By switching to new pancake lenses, the corporate was in a position to cut back the thickness of the headset whereas nonetheless delivering a comparatively excessive decision of 1,800 x 1,920 pixels per eye. For comparability, that is increased than what you get from the Valve Index (1,440 x 1,600 per eye) however a bit lower than the Vive Professional 2 (2,448 × 2,448 per eye). Although topping out with a 90Hz refresh charge, the Quest Professional’s visuals aren’t fairly as quick as most of its high-end PC-based rivals. For me, that hasn’t been an enormous deal, as graphics and gameplay have been easy and stutter-free. However I ought to point out I’ve by no means actually had issues with VR-related movement illness, so your expertise might differ.

The Quest Pro's optics deliver 1,800 x 1,920 pixels per eye and a 90Hz refresh rate.

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My one nitpick is that I want the Quest Professional’s 96-degree vertical discipline of view was slightly bit taller. I’ve discovered that as a result of headset’s visor-like design and its FOV, you are inclined to all the time have a little bit of the actual world peeking in throughout the underside of your eye line. Fortunately, its 106-degree horizontal FOV is just about nearly as good or higher than all of its rivals aside from the Vive Professional 2’s 116 levels.

Elsewhere, the Quest Professional options 10 sensors on the inside and exterior of the gadget. The 5 outward-facing cameras assist full-color passthrough, hand-tracking and stuff like scene understanding with out the necessity for added exterior sensors. In the meantime, the 5 inward-facing sensors monitor eyes and face actions for options like foveated rendering and enhanced avatar animations, however extra on that later.

Design and match

Because it's designed to be a standalone headset, there's no need for wires or being tethered to a nearby PC.

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To steadiness the trade-off between energy and match, Meta cleverly used a curved battery constructed into the again of the headset, so there is no want for wires or a belt-mounted energy cell. And when mixed with a gentle brow cushion and a helpful dial for adjusting the headscarf, you get a headset that is extraordinarily straightforward to placed on and put on. Additional changes are offered by way of a small dial in entrance that modifications lens distance, whereas IPD (interpupillary distance) adjustment is dealt with by merely shifting every eyepiece left and proper as wanted. All advised, it is an extremely easy setup, and due to the Quest Professional’s match calibration function, the headset can remind you to regulate your settings if it notices issues aren’t fairly proper. And on the subject of sound, you get audio system that assist spatial audio constructed into the arms of the headset, although in the event you want to make use of your individual headphones, there’s a 3.5mm jack too.

The back of the Quest Pro features a curved battery cell and a dial for easily adjusting the fit of the headset.

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That stated, even with all the eye Meta paid towards creating a cushty and balanced headset, the Quest Professional’s heft can nonetheless be a little bit of a difficulty. For those who’re hopping out and in of VR, you may not discover a lot. However with a weight of simply over a pound and a half, in longer periods, I seen my brow typically received a bit sore. Often fiddling round with how the Quest Professional sat on my head was sufficient to alleviate extra stress. However I additionally would not be stunned if this setup gave some folks a low-grade headache throughout prolonged use. And I would even be remiss to not point out the sweat issue, because the leather-based brow pad can get damp relying in your exercise, and typically I ponder if having energetic cooling on a VR headset is what we want. Heck, builders might even use followers to imitate a breeze in a sport or film, which could possibly be sort of good.


The opposite massive a part of the headset’s package is the brand new Contact Professional Controllers. Meta is utilizing the identical primary design as what we received on the Quest 2. The large distinction this time is that as an alternative of counting on an enormous mild ring with LEDs, the controllers now have their very own built-in sensors for each hand and finger monitoring. Not solely does this assist streamline their design, however I additionally discovered a noticeable improve in accuracy and responsiveness.

The new Quest Touch Pro controllers feature upgrade hand and finger tracking and will also be backwards compatible with the Quest 2.

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The controllers even have much-improved haptics that provides an additional degree of immersion, particularly in apps the place you may flip the controllers over to make use of as a stylus. For instance in Portray VR, brushes use quite a lot of rumbles and vibrations to convey a way of dimension and weight. The general impact feels very similar to HD Rumble on the Nintendo Change’s Pleasure-Con, however with even higher constancy for drive suggestions.

I additionally respect the controller’s subtly textured rubberized grips that make issues really feel safe even within the warmth of digital battle. Nonetheless, I sort of miss the hand straps Valve makes use of on the Index controllers which let you shortly change between buttons and finger or hand gestures with no need to set the controllers down.

Normal efficiency and apps

After all the actual magic occurs when {hardware} meets software program, and a minimum of out of the gate, the Quest Professional provides some fairly spectacular efficiency. The headset’s optics are sharp whereas eliminating practically any trace of the display screen door impact. Textual content can also be very legible and I had no bother writing a part of this overview in VR. Subsequent, when my colleague Cherlynn Low visited my digital workplace in Horizon Workrooms, I feel the mix of Quest Professional’s eye and facial monitoring to ship extra lifelike expressions on my avatar may need been convincing sufficient to get her to spend extra time in VR. And on my finish, assist for spatial audio makes working in VR really feel much less like floating in a simulation and extra like truly working in an workplace with another person.So regardless that Cherlynn was sick that day, we have been in a position to collaborate with out me risking catching what she had, and it felt sort of heartwarming in a bizarre, nerdy method.

The Quest Pro features built-in speakers that support spatial audio. But if you want to use your own headphones, there's also a 3.5mm audio jack.

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On prime of that, a number of tent-pole options like Meta’s scene understanding simply sort of work, a minimum of more often than not. I discovered that the Quest Professional was fairly good at routinely detecting the place of flooring and partitions, so I did not must consistently redraw the boundaries for my room-scale guardian. It even routinely detected some objects like my desk (and remembered them in subsequent periods), which makes it simpler to arrange a digital workspace that mimics what I’ve IRL. Although I did discover in rooms that have been extra cluttered, issues did not all the time work fairly as easily.

The Quest Professional’s full-color passthrough can also be actually spectacular. Don’t get me unsuitable, it’s nonetheless not so good as utilizing your eyes to navigate meatspace. However it’s greater than correct sufficient to let me stroll from room to room to seize a glass of water with out taking off the Quest Professional or bumping into something.

In apps like Cubism, I had a blast positioning blocks to unravel puzzles in three dimensions and in I Count on you to Die I received to stay out my childhood fantasy of being a undercover agent. And in Tribe XR, I used to be in a position to benefit from the fundamentals of blending and beat-matching whereas utilizing the identical gear professional DJs use, a minimum of just about. The improved three-window multitasking within the Quest Professional’s desktop mode even makes it simpler to modify between apps and keep linked when you’re in VR. Or, nicely, it might be if there was a wider availability of 2D apps.

You can attach included stylus nibs to the bottom of the controller for use in painting and drawing apps.

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And that sort of brings me to the large challenge with the Quest Professional: there simply aren’t a number of optimized apps that actually reap the benefits of its upgraded capabilities. For conventional 2D apps, whereas essential stuff like Slack is supposedly on the way in which, there is not even assist for messaging software program like WhatsApp. So in the event you’re like me and are not a frequent consumer of Instagram or Fb Messenger, issues can nonetheless really feel a bit disconnected.

However maybe the extra telling factor is at the moment how few apps there are within the Quest Professional part of the shop. Titles like Nanome, which helps you to view molecules in VR are actually neat and fascinating, however moderately area of interest. I do not find out about you, however I don’t actually spend a ton of time gazing numerous compounds and conformations in my free time – and I used to be a bio main in school.

Seating the controllers is best done by turning them inwards and then dropping them on the dock.

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That is type of to be anticipated, as it is going to take some time for builders to reap the benefits of the Quest Professional’s new options. This headset sort of feels just like the Nintendo Change at launch however with no tentpole sport or app like Breath of the Wild to pair with it. Positive, you may return and revel in all of the previous Quest apps, because the Professional is absolutely backward appropriate with present software program. However while you’re spending $1,500 on a VR headset, you sort of need one thing you may lose your self in for the subsequent month or extra.

My different gripe is that, whereas a number of the big-ticket options work surprisingly nicely, a number of the finer particulars appear half-baked. For instance, it took nearly an hour for Cherlynn to efficiently go to my workplace in Horizon Workrooms. As a result of that is VR, you may’t simply ship a hyperlink to a gathering such as you would in Zoom, which meant she needed to bounce forwards and backwards between her headset, cellphone and laptop computer simply to seek out the place to just accept my invite. And after I wished to add a picture to pin on my digital whiteboard, first I had to return to my pretend chair at my pretend desk simply to add one thing, earlier than needing to maneuver again to the whiteboard once more to put up it. That is simply convoluted, and that’s even with my having already arrange Meta’s Distant Desktop app. And whereas Meta says it is engaged on it, there are different little frustrations like being restricted to a single digital desktop (which you’ll’t even transfer by the way in which, a minimum of not proper now) when linked to a Home windows PC whereas Mac customers get three.

Charging and equipment

Whereas Meta would not present official battery life claims for the Quest Professional, I’ve discovered that you are looking at between two and a half and three and a half hours on a cost, relying on the use case. That is sometimes longer than I wish to be in VR in a single sitting, but when you want to be jacked in for prolonged durations, the Quest Professional additionally comes with a six-foot USB-C cable you should utilize to maintain it working.

The Quest Pro comes with two Touch Pro controllers, magnetic light blockers, a wireless charging dock, two charging cables, a protective silicone sleeve, stylus nibs and a power adapter.

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Different bundled equipment embrace a protecting silicone cowl and two mild blockers that connect magnetically to the facet of the headset, which helps reduce down on potential distractions from the bodily realm. However in the event you actually need that full VR-dive expertise, you will must shell out $50 for Meta’s Full Mild Blocker. Otherwise you go for the low-tech resolution and simply transfer to a darkish room. You additionally get two Quest Contact Professional controllers together with two wrist straps and stylus nibs that may be connected to the underside of the gamepads to fit your wants.

In terms of maintaining all the pieces juiced up, there is a actually helpful wi-fi charging dock that holds each the headset and the controllers. Admittedly, getting the controllers to sit down correctly within the dock is a bit difficult at first. However the secret is holding them as in the event you’re utilizing them, earlier than twisting your wrists inwards after which dropping them on the dock. For those who did it proper, you will really feel slightly rumble and see the tiny indicator lights fireplace up. There’s additionally a devoted cable for charging the controllers, however you solely get one. So in the event you’re touring with the Quest Professional and you permit the dock at dwelling, you will have to cost the controllers one after the other.


Look, attempting to overview a next-gen VR headset feels sort of like evaluating a Mars colony based mostly on the spaceship that takes you there: In the end the Quest Professional is a vessel to expertise fancy new software program that doesn’t exist but. And proper now, there simply aren’t sufficient apps to essentially say if that colony is a utopia or Autobot metropolis after Megatron assaults – burned down and wasted.

The Quest Pro's interior sensors are use to track face and eye movements to support features like foveated rendering and expressions for VR avatars.

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But when we will ignore that challenge for a minute, a minimum of on a {hardware} degree, there’s quite a bit to love in regards to the Quest Professional. It provides related or, in some conditions, higher efficiency than different high-end client headsets — all with out the necessity for wires or a beefy PC. You may change between controllers and hand gestures at a whim, whereas the plethora of sensors makes the headset a very nice standalone gadget. You get sharp visuals, a streamlined design and surprisingly good battery life — to not point out a very helpful charging dock.

However for now, we’ll have to attend for the headset’s software program and experiences to catch up, which is quite a bit to ask when it prices this a lot to strap on the goggles. Buying a Quest Professional, a minimum of for now, is one thing you do on religion, since you consider within the promise of VR and the place it would go within the not-too-distant future. So whereas the Quest 2 can deal with primary VR, the Quest Professional provides energy and finesse in a method that would unlock how folks discover digital worlds. The tech is there however are you keen to fork over massive cash to attempt it?

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