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The annual conference of Facebook simply renamed Connect 2021 was an opportunity for its CEO Mark Zuckerberg to present his vision of Metavers.

But above all to confirm that the new name of the Meta group becomes the brand of the next mixed reality devices (AR and/or VR) from Oculus. So theOculus Quest 2 should quickly take the name of Meta Quest 2.

Meta thus presented 2 projects. The first concerns augmented reality glasses (we understand better the shape of the Meta logo). While the second, under the code name " Cambria project ". The next high-end virtual reality headset from Meta. So I decided to call it the Meta Quest Pro and to detail what we know and hope for from this project.

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The elements announced for the Meta Quest Pro

The Cambria project prepares a high-end VR headset with naturally a higher price than the Meta Quest (or current Quest 2).

Indeed, it must embed all the latest technologies that we have also been able to discover in the announcements from Pimax, Shadow or Arpara.

But also take advantage of software developments created by developers with the new " Presence Platform " which includes the Passthrough API, improved interactions with the hand and the advanced use of voice commands directly in apps and games.

- Real-time eye tracking and facial tracking. This technology is used to transmit your real face expressions to your avatar in virtual reality. A solution for social or professional interactions.
- Color Passthrough. A new feature ideal for enjoying augmented reality while wearing your headset. Applications or games may add objects or characters to the view of your real environment. This makes it possible to have virtual images superimposed on our real world.
- Improved optics for sharper image, deep blacks without grid effect. Meta is ditching Fresnel optics and moving to what they call Pancakes Optics !
- Voice commands in games and apps.

Découvrez le prochain casque VR de Facebook: La Meta Quest

Features Meta Quest Pro

Here are the specs I consider likely on the next VR headset:

- Helmet Type: AR/VR
- Standalone operating mode or with connected PC (wired or wireless)
- Processor Qualcomn XR2
- 2 Pancake screens with a resolution of 2560 x 2560 px
- F-OV or field of view: 110°
- IPD adjustment from 56 to 72 mm (pupillary distance)
- Frame rate or refresh rate: 90 to 120 Hz
- 8 GB storages with 256 GB
- Built-in 4600mA battery

    Features and Accessories

    Controllers: 2 rechargeable on magnetic base
    Face movement recognition
    Color Passthrough
    Motion Detection: with cameras, without external base
    Maximum dimensions and weight 400 grams

      Connection and connectivity

      Connexion Wi-Fi 6 And Bluetooth 5.2.
      One USB-C 3.2 port (charging and/or PC connection)
      One 3.5mm audio jack.

        Price and launch date Meta Quest Pro

        The next VR headset is announced for 2022. Depending on the launch dates of previous models, the Meta Quest Pro could be launched in May 2022 (like the Oculus Quest and the Rift) or October 2022 (Quest 2).

        For the price, Meta has clearly announced a move upmarket. Currently, the competition is offering the very high end starting at €1990, while the Meta Quest or Quest 2 is only €349. The range is therefore very wide.

        Competition high-end VR headsets 2022

        Arpara now markets its Run to the 5K and a standalone version to come.
        Varjo has just launched the Shadow Aero, a PC VR headset powerful at $1,990 (without bases and shifters
        The sublime and overpowering Pimax Reallity QLED 12K. A level of image never offered in a VR headset which is announced for the end of 2022. This leaves a little time to have content using such performance.

          For my part, I think that Meta, even going upmarket, will seek to offer a product that will remain affordable in order to target mass marketing. For me the price will therefore be between €799 and €1299. This corresponds to the price of the most powerful smartphones.

          First review Meta Quest Pro or Cambria project

          It has been a short time since the virtual reality headsets have become more democratic, and let's be honest, it's mainly thanks to the offer of VR headsets launched by Facebook and its Oculus Rift, Quest and Quest 2 range. Admittedly, during this month of October we had several remarkable product announcements, but at prices between 2,000 and 3,000 €. It is therefore difficult to think of the general public market.

          5 Criteria for rating a virtual reality headset

          To have a good VR headset, there are 5 essential points for me to look at:

          - Comfortable to wear. Lightweight with less than 450 grams, many settings such as IPD, head circumference, diopters (for use without glasses)
          - Easy to use with or without PC/console connection, with or without cable and without additional base to locate you in space. This is called an AIO (All In One) VR headset.
          - A best possible image quality for good immersion (4K definition, 120° FOV, 120 Hz refresh)
          - A generous library of games and apps.
          - And higher price by the greater number (between €799 current price of a PSVR headset with a PS4 and €1299).

            Premier Avis Meta Quest Pro

            - 7/10 for comfort
            - 9/10 for ease of use (mixed with or without PC connection
            - 9/10 with an existing library of over 5,000 games and apps
            - 6/10 for the general public price

              But, currently the Oculus Quest 2 in its 128 GB version at 349 € is for me an excellent option to start in virtual reality with a complete headset with satisfactory performance for leisure use. It is also a headset that can be used standalone or associated with a PC. This gives you access to a library of more than 5,000 games and applications already available. But also many accessories to improve its comfort (see below).

              The choice of model Quest 2 in 256 GB at 449 € may be less interesting. Even if it means wanting more upscale, you might as well wait for the Meta Quest Pro model.

              The best Meta Quest accessories

              1.  Accessories protective cover for Oculus Quest 2 VR
              2.  Meta Quest Elite Strap
              3.  Protective Silicone Case for Oculus Quest 2 Headset


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