Meta’s latest VR headset, the Meta Quest Pro, is finally getting into users’ hands, and it seems many aren’t impressed with the next-gen device.
After launching on October 25th, pre-orders for the Meta Quest Pro – a much more powerful and feature-packed device than Meta’s Oculus Quest 2 – are hitting people’s doors, and users are taking to social media. to share your thoughts.
Unfortunately for Meta, several of the posts we’ve seen on platforms like Reddit are far from positive, with titles like “Quest Pro sucks (opens in new tab)” and “Returning the Quest Pro (opens in new tab)” appearing just a day after the device was launched. Reading the posts, it’s clear that users share some key frustrations related to the Quest Pro’s VR pass and features.
A major upgrade to the Meta Quest Pro is its color passing, which means that when using the headset, you can see a full-color video feed of the outside world. In theory, this should allow it to better facilitate mixed reality experiences than the Quest 2’s black and white crossover. When we demoed the headset ahead of its release, we thought this feature had a lot of potential – the mixed reality titles we played were some of the best experiences we’ve had using a Meta headset – but in the real world the pass isn’t popular.
Users are complaining that unless you’re in a very bright space, the image is too grainy, especially when you consider you paid $1,500 / £1,500 / AU$2,450 for the privilege.
Also, as we suspected, the Quest Pro isn’t the most immersive headset for playing VR titles like the best Oculus Quest 2 games. We weren’t able to play any VR games during our brief hands-on time, but we were concerned they weren’t as immersive. how much were using a Quest 2 because of the Quest Pro design.
Unlike a typical VR headset, which forms a seal around the eyes, the Meta Quest Pro leaves a large gap between the screen and the face so you can see the real world at all times. For mixed reality, we thought this was a benefit, but – as users have found – when you’re trying to escape into VR, being able to see the real world can be super off-putting. You can buy blinkers for the Pro headset to mitigate this problem, but when you’re already paying so much for the device, spending more for what feels like an essential add-on is a hard pill to swallow.
It’s worth noting that other users had a more positive experience, and the complaints we mentioned above may come from a noisy minority rather than the majority of users. However, they are worth paying attention to. Considering the high cost of the Meta Quest Pro, you want to be absolutely sure it’s the best headset for you. By reading people’s reviews, you can better determine if this is really what you want to buy, or if you would be better off with one of the other options available.
Review: The best VR headset for you
Meta Quest Pro has some strengths. When we tested the headset, we found its mixed reality experiences to be incredibly immersive – thanks to its more open design and color pass – and the face tracking made interacting with other users feel more genuine.
However, its price is significantly higher, and its focus on mixed reality comes at a cost to your VR experience (unless you buy the add-on that blocks the real world).
So even though this is Meta’s latest headset, you may find that the Meta Quest Pro is not the best option for you.
If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly VR headset, now you should opt for the Oculus Quest 2 or Pico 4. Based on our experience with both devices, the Quest 2 has a slight edge. Despite having worse specs, its software is generally more polished, has a better selection of games and apps, and is more widely available (Pico 4 is only available in the UK, Europe and Asia).
However, if you are in the UK, Pico 4 should be considered. It’s a little cheaper than Quest 2 (although Pico 4 doesn’t come with a free game like Beat Saber), and as I mentioned, it’s a little more powerful. The software disappoints, but Pico has already made considerable improvements to the device. With exclusive games like a VR version of Just Dance on the way to the Pico platform, we could see Pico 4 match and even surpass Quest 2 next year.
While it’s not as talked about as the Quest 2, you might as well consider the best VR headset in terms of raw performance: the Valve Index. It’s expensive (costing $999 / £919 / around AU$1,425), and you need a solid PC to run many of your best VR games (costing at least another $500 / £500 / AU$750), but in return, you get a great headset. Image quality and its articulation controllers help make your VR titles even more interactive. This headset gives you the best way to play some of the best VR games like Half-Life: Alyx.
The only downsides are that the Valve Index is wired and requires a fair amount of setup and space, thanks to its base stations. But these disadvantages are more than offset by the Index’s performance.
Another device to consider is the Oculus Quest 3. Of course, it’s not available today, but it’s coming next year (according to Meta). Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said it will cost anywhere from $300 to $500, which is roughly the price of the Quest 2 at the moment. We also expect to see PlayStation VR 2 in 2023, although you’ll need a PS5 to use it. So if none of the above headphones tickle your fancy, there’s no harm in waiting a few months and seeing if the next generation of VR devices suits your needs (and your budget) better than what’s out there right now.