The latest VR headset from Meta, the Meta Quest Pro, has finally entered the hands of users, and it seems that many are not impressed with the next generation device.
After its launch on October 25, pre-orders for the Meta Quest Pro – a more powerful and feature-packed device than the Meta Oculus Quest 2 – have arrived at people’s doors, and users are taking to social media to share their thoughts.
Unfortunately for Meta, many of the posts we’ve seen on platforms like Reddit are far from positive, with titles like “Quest Pro sucks”. (Opens in a new tab)and Return Quest Pro (Opens in a new tab)“Which appears only a day after the device was launched. By reading the posts, it is clear that users are sharing some of the major frustrations regarding the traffic and virtual reality capabilities of the Quest Pro.
One of the big updates to the Meta Quest Pro is its chromatic transit, which means that while you’re wearing the headset, you can watch a full-color video feed of the outside world. In theory, this should allow mixed reality experiences to be better facilitated than crossing the Quest 2 in black and white. When we tested the headset before its launch, we thought this feature had a lot of potential – the mixed reality titles we’ve played were some of the best we’ve had while wearing a meta headset – but in the real world the crossover is unpopular.
Users complain that unless you’re in a very bright space, the picture is very grainy, especially when you consider that you paid $1500 / £1500 / AU$2450 for the privilege.
Plus, as we expected, the Quest Pro isn’t the most immersive headset for playing VR games like the best Oculus Quest 2 games. We couldn’t play any VR games during the short hands-on time, but we were worried they wouldn’t be as immersive as they were using the Quest 2 due to the design of the Quest Pro.
Unlike typical VR glasses, which form a seal around your eyes, Meta Quest Pro leaves a large gap between the screen and your face so you can see the real world at all times. For mixed reality, we thought this was helpful, but – as users have found – when you’re trying to escape into virtual reality, being able to see the real world can be daunting. You can buy blinders for a Pro headphone to alleviate this problem, but when you’re already paying a lot for the device, shelling out more for what appears to be an essential addition is a hard-to-swallow pill.
It is worth noting that other users have a more positive experience, and the complaints we noted above may come from a loud minority rather than the majority of users. However, it is worth paying attention to. Given the high cost of the Meta Quest Pro, you want to be absolutely sure that it is the best headphone for you. By reading people’s reviews, you can determine if this is really what you want to buy, or if you are better off with one of the other options available.
Analysis: The best VR headset for you
Meta Quest Pro has some strengths. When we tried the headset, we found the mixed reality experiences were incredibly immersive – thanks to its more open design and color traversal – and the face tracking made interaction with other users more realistic.
However, its price is somewhat higher, and its focus on mixed reality comes at the expense of the VR experience (unless you purchase the add-on that blocks the real world).
So even though it is the latest Meta headset, you may find that the Meta Quest Pro is not the best option for you.
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly VR headset, you’ll now want to go 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, the Pico 4 is one option to consider. It’s a bit cheaper than Quest 2 (although Pico 4 doesn’t come with a free game like Beat Saber), and as I mentioned, it’s a bit more powerful. The software is letting it down, but Pico has already made major improvements to the device. With exclusive games like the VR version of Just Dance on the way to the Pico platform, we could see a Pico 4 match and even surpass Quest 2 next year.
While not talking about it like Quest 2, you might also want to consider the best VR headset in terms of raw performance: the Valve Index. It’s pricey (costs $999/£919/about AU$1425), and you need a powerful PC to play many of the best VR games (setting you back at least $500/£500/AU$750), but in return, you get On a great headphone. Image quality and knuckle controls help make your VR titles more interactive. This headset offers the best way to play some of the greatest VR games like Half-Life: Alyx.
The only downside is that the LED indicator is wired and requires a fair amount of setup and space, thanks to its base terminals. But these drawbacks are more than offset by the performance of the indicator.
Another device to consider is the Oculus Quest 3. Sure, it’s not available today, but it’s coming next year (according to Meta). Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, said it will cost anywhere from $300 to $500, which is the same price as 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 ever caught your fancy, there’s no harm in waiting a few months and seeing if the next generation of virtual reality hardware fits your needs (and budget) better than what’s out there right now.