Meta formally proclaims Quest Professional premium VR headset as your subsequent productiveness software


At its Join 2022 occasion immediately, Meta unveiled its new premium VR headset. The Quest Professional sits alongside the remainder of the Quest vary, providing VR headsets at totally different value factors. Lengthy-awaited by followers, this new headset shapes itself as a productiveness software quite than for gaming in digital worlds. Able to ramp issues up? Meta reckons strapping these goggles to your face will assist.

For the Quest Professional, Meta has taken the lower-tier Quest 2 headset, and turned issues as much as eleven. All the way in which all the way down to the lenses, Meta has redesigned the headset. The lenses themselves use 40% thinner tech than the earlier headset, leading to a big discount in dimension. This could make the headset lighter, however this stays to be seen.

Additionally new to the Quest Professional is a full-colour Passthrough mode. This is similar Passthrough function that allows you to see your environment from different Quest headsets, however now in color quite than black and white. Meta’s new headset does this because of the 4 on-board cameras. You’ll be capable to use this in blended actuality experiences, utilizing AR tech to embed digital parts on high of actual life.

Powering the headset is a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ chipset, the most recent and best obtainable. Every lens boasts a 1800 × 1920 mini-LED show, for extra immersive graphics. The Quest Professional presents 12GB of RAM and 256GB of storage, providing extra flexibility. You’ll additionally discover eye-tracking along with the suite of different sensors earlier headsets have packed in. The controllers that go alongside the headset have additionally been redesigned, as anticipated from earlier leaks. Gone are the monitoring rings, as an alternative changed with cameras to trace the controls’ place.

Nonetheless, the Quest Professional comes with an enormous black mark towards its identify – battery life. Meta reckons you’ll get between one and two hours of battery out of the brand new headset (which is a best-case-scenario). That is round half that of the Quest 2, which undoubtedly irks on the greater value level. That is clearly as a result of new {hardware} inside and additional options, but it surely looks as if an enormous trade-off to make. We see this inflicting issues, particularly for any productiveness workflows as meant.

If Meta’s Quest Professional catches your eye, you’ll be able to pre-order the headset from Meta beginning immediately. It retails for $1500/£1500, and can start transport on 25 October. The headset is dubbed for professionals, however such a excessive price ticket may be a tricky capsule to swallow this early in VR’s life.