Meta Platforms (formerly Oculus, purchased by Facebook) has been making a name for itself in the VR space ever since it released its first headset back in 2016. After the Oculus Rift, Meta’s line of Quest VR headsets became some of the most popular VR products of all time.

The Quest 2 in particular was the perfect choice for many VR gamers. It offered a great balance between resolution, comfort, and price, which was rare for other headsets on the market. 

With the Quest 2’s roaring success, fans of Meta and of VR have been clamoring for when the Quest 3 will release. But instead of being dubbed the Quest 3, the next VR headset from Meta is called the Quest Pro.

Originally, Meta referred to their new VR device by the code name ‘Project Cambria’. It wasn’t until recently that we had confirmation that the Quest Pro and Cambria are one and the same. 

So now that we’ve made it this far, what else have we learned about the headset?

When is the Quest Pro’s Release Date?

According to leaks from Youtube personality and tech/VR analyst Bradley Lynch, the Meta Quest Pro is scheduled to launch on October 25th of 2022. This is further confirmed by Mark Zuckerberg’s own comments in a recent podcast that he featured in (see below).

The Joe Rogan Experience with Mark Zuckerberg.

Initially, the best guess for the so-called Project Cambria’s release date was early 2023. Then it was September of 2022. Now, we finally have confirmed information that it is coming in October thanks to the podcast feature.

In the podcast, Zuckerberg refers to a “device that’s coming out in October”. This is clearly in reference to the Meta Quest Pro. Since we already know that it’s releasing very soon and the date aligns with what Brad Lynch said, it would be very unlikely for it to be anything else.

Plus, a video of Zuckerberg trialing Project Cambria was out on Facebook just 3 months ago, on May 12th. The features mentioned for the device in the podcast match up with everything we know about Cambria. All signs lead toward the Quest Pro coming out on October 25th.

How Much Will the Quest Pro Cost?

We don’t know exactly how much the Quest Pro will cost once it’s released. We do know, however, that it will cost more than the Quest 2.

During the podcast, Zuckerberg stated that the Quest Pro will cost over $800. There is a common misconception that the Quest Pro will be around the stated $800 price tag, but Zuckerberg did say that it would be “significantly higher” than that.

It’s hard to say how much it will cost for sure. But it’s within the realm of possibility for it to be priced similarly to other premium systems. Apple’s upcoming VR headset is reported to cost $3000 once it releases.

We expect the Quest Pro to be less than that, especially considering the cheaper price of the Quest 2. Still, we shouldn’t rule out the possibility of the Quest Pro costing $1000 or more.

Design of the Quest Pro

In the demo video of Mark Zuckerberg using the Quest Pro, the headset itself was censored. As such, most of the information we have about the Quest Pro’s design isn’t concrete. The best sources currently are leaks from Bradley Lynch.

It seems like the Quest Pro is further differentiated by the Quest 2 with its visual design, as it’s a rounded black model with its own unique features. According to the leaked images, it looks something like a high-tech ski mask.

The Quest Pro uses a large goggle-like visor that looks quite unlike other VR headsets we’ve seen thus far. This likely ties into the full-color passthrough technology that it’s equipped with, which we’ll cover in the next section.

Specs and Features of the Quest Pro

With leaks from Bradley Lynch once again, we have a basic idea of what the Quest Pro’s specs might be. Keep in mind that these are supposedly leaks. They aren’t confirmed facts just yet!

Here’s what we suspect are the specs of the Meta Quest Pro:

Resolution2,160 x 2,160p (MiniLED Backlit LCD Panels)
ProcessorQualcomm XR2+ Gen 1 SoC
Memory12 GB LPDDR5 RAM
Storage256 GB SSD
Battery5000 mAh

The leak also suggests that the Quest Pro will have IR camera eye and face tracking, 6E wifi support, and custom pancake lenses. For outside sensors, there will allegedly be a 16MP color camera that will be used for the color passthrough.

Full-Color HD Passthrough

Color passthrough is the most hyped feature of the Quest Pro as of right now, and with good reason. This feature will allow you to play VR in a mixed reality setting.

In other words, you’ll be able to interact with fictional items in the “real” world, augmented reality style. Think Pokemon Go, Snapchat, or IKEA Place, but with a VR headset added to the mix.

Past VR headsets, like the Quest 2, have only allowed passthrough in a black-and-white capacity. The Quest Pro will let you see the world around you in proper full color, which is leagues better for immersiveness and realism.

Meta has named this mixed reality functionality Presence Platform, and you can already see it at work in the demo that Zuckerberg posted to his Facebook. The video showed Zuckerberg using the Quest Pro to play a game with a little fictional monster, but there are endless possibilities.

Social activities, augmented workspaces, and of course, gaming, are all ways that we expect the passthrough features to be used for.

Facial Tracking

Mark Zuckerberg has seriously hyped up the Quest Pro’s facial tracking abilities in the past several months. According to him (and actual scientists), there’s “more nonverbal communication when people are with each other than verbal communication.”

The Quest Pro hopes to capture all of this by using facial tracking to project your expressions onto your virtual avatar. This capability means we’re taking huge steps toward the metaverse that Meta is named after, and if all goes well, it will make social experiences in VR more immersive by leaps and bounds.
Based on what Zuckerberg said, it seems like minute changes in your expression and subtly different expressions will all be captured by the Quest Pro.

Meta Quest 2 — Advanced All-In-One Virtual Reality Headset — 128 GB
  • Buy Meta Quest 2. Get Beat Saber. For a limited time, get the hit VR rhythm game included when you buy Meta Quest 2.* Keep your experience smooth and seamless, even as high speed action unfolds around you with a super-fast processor and high-resolution display.
  • Experience total immersion with 3D positional audio, hand tracking and haptic feedback, working together to make virtual worlds feel real.
  • Explore an expanding universe of over 350 titles across gaming, fitness, social/multiplayer and entertainment, including exclusive blockbuster releases and totally unique VR experiences.
  • Travel universes in blockbuster fantasies, scare yourself witless in horror adventures or collaborate with colleagues in innovative workspaces.
  • Come together in incredible social spaces and multiplayer arenas as you take in live events with friends and family, find your new workout crew or join quests with fellow adventurers.

New Controllers

The Quest 2’s touch controllers were great for their time, but the Quest Pro will be introducing some new VR controllers to the scene.

Hand-tracking support, like in the Quest 2, will likely be present in the Quest Pro as well. Beyond that, a leaked video from Brad Lynch implies that the new controllers will be completely different in appearance from the old Quest 2 controllers.

They appear to look something like a stylus with triggers on them and have been dubbed Starlet for now. According to Lynch’s leaks, they have built-in sensors/cameras that allow them to locate themselves in the room without the help of the actual Quest Pro.

The Quest Pro’s controllers might be available for purchase separately from the headset, along with a charging pad. This isn’t unlike what some other VR headsets, like the Valve Index, do with their extra VR accessories.

Gaming vs. Workspace Capabilities

Whereas the Quest 2 is used primarily for games, the Quest Pro is likely intended for productivity and work. The naming scheme reflects that. Quest Pro implies professional use, as well as sets it apart from the numbered names of the Quest 2 line.

Augmented workspaces and Meta’s Workrooms were already available with the Quest 2, so it’s likely that Meta will continue down this route with the Quest Pro. We might even see some extra productivity-related features added on, aside from the inherent benefits of the Quest Pro’s better specs.

Altogether, the focus on professional use is likely why the Quest Pro is so much more expensive. The specs do factor in, but it’s important to take a look at the market that Meta is trying to capture the interest of with this headset. In the meantime, the Quest Pro still has all of the gaming capabilities as the Quest 2 did.

Meta has marketed the Quest Pro as being a “laptop for your face”, which is a surprisingly high bar for VR headsets of today. In order to make a headset actually match up to the same levels of ease of use and productivity as a laptop, you need to have intuitive and inventive features.

Hopefully, we’ll see both of these things from the Quest Pro in the future. 

Last update on 2022-11-14 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

The Quest Pro VR Headset: Release Date, and Everything Else We Know FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions) 

Is there going to be an Oculus Quest Pro?

There will be an Oculus Quest Pro, previously labeled as Project Cambria. It is scheduled to release on October 25th of 2022, according to leaks from Bradley Lynch. This headset will be similar to the Quest 2, but with better specs, a much higher price, and a focus on professional usage.

When did the Oculus Quest Pro come out?

The Oculus Quest Pro has yet to come out, since it is supposedly scheduled to release on October 25th of 2022. This date comes from leaks by Bradley Lynch, but Mark Zuckerberg himself has also confirmed that it will come out some time in October of this year.

Is a new Oculus Quest coming out in 2022?

The Quest Pro is coming out on October 25th of 2022. This doesn’t seem to be the same as a new Oculus Quest or a “Quest 3”, but instead is a new VR headset to be used by working professionals. You will still be able to use the Quest Pro to play all of the same games that you could with the Quest 2.

Is Oculus Quest 3 coming out?

We don’t know if there will be an Oculus Quest 3 as of yet, but we do know that Meta is releasing the Quest Pro in October of 2022. This headset will be pricier than the Quest 2 and will be targeted more toward the productivity space, but it will still have the capacity for playing video games.

Is Apple making a VR headset?

Apple is reportedly making their own VR headset to join the mix. Similar to other products sold by Apple, the VR headset will be a premium, hi-tech offering that comes with a price to match. Some sources, like The Information, state that it will cost $3000.

About the Author

Follow Me On:

LinkedIn Logo

More from History-Computer

  • Meta Quest Youtube Channel Available here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC766vkQw0Mz3VtXX5XvXxGQ
  • InputMag Available here: https://www.inputmag.com/tech/meta-quest-pro-design-features-release-date-price
  • Digital Trends (1970) https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/meta-quest-pro-release-date-confirmed-by-zuckerberg/
  • Road to VR Available here: https://www.roadtovr.com/report-project-cambria-cad-files-design/
  • SadlyItsBradley (Bradley Lynch) Twitter (1970) https://twitter.com/SadlyItsBradley?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor