Hints from Facebook higher-ups and references in Oculus firmware suggest an Oculus Quest Pro standalone VR headset is in development.
But what exactly is Quest Pro? What new features and improvements will it have compared with the current Oculus Quest 2? No specific details are certain yet, but here’s what we know so far:
Quest Pro Is A Thing, But Not Launching This Year
The first indication of “Quest Pro” came in a February Instagram ask-me-anything (AMA) session hosted by VP Facebook Reality Labs Andrew Bosworth.
One questioner asked Bosworth: “Why can’t Oculus make a 600$ headset and put the best specs like Quest Pro 3 etc plz.”
He replied “Quest Pro, huh… Interesting…” and winked at the camera.
By April, Bosworth’s stance on “Quest Pro” became more solid. In a public conversation with “Consulting CTO” John Carmack, Bosworth remarked:
“People are also asking about the Quest 3, which doesn’t exist yet, and everyone who is listening to us who is a reporter there isn’t a Quest 3, there’s only a Quest 2, but I did hint at an AMA earlier this year about Quest Pro because we do have a lot of things in development where we want to introduce new functionality to the headset along the kinds that people theorize that we would want to introduce, and that’s a little ways off still.It’s still not gonna happen this year.
For those who are curious, Quest 2 is going to be in the market for a while – for a long while, and it’s gonna be, you know, I think the best bet for the most accessible way to get into VR and have a great experience.“
This month, Reddit user Reggy04found references to “Quest Pro” in the public Oculus firmware. But as of April, Quest Pro was “a little ways off” and not happening this year. Perhaps Quest Pro could come in 2022? We don’t know, and there’s a lot going on that could affect the plans of a company trying to ship a hardware product with new sensors inside.
Quest Pro Might Have Face & Eye Tracking
Bosworth’s answer mentioned a desire to “introduce new functionality”. In March, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg described face & eye tracking as his most wanted feature for future Oculus headsets:
“One of the things I’m really excited about for future versions is getting eye tracking and face tracking in, because if you’re really excited about social presence you want to make sure the device has all the sensors to really kind of animate realistic avatars so you can communicate well.“
“On the VR side, I think the biggest things that we’re very focused on now are: how do you pack more sensors, to create a better social experience, into the device? To run each sensor requires more CPU power and that generates more heat and creates all these different issues.
In June, YouTuber Basti564 found references to eye & face tracking services in the public Oculus Quest firmware. This month, Reddit user Reggy04found references to eye & face tracking calibration steps. While this doesn’t confirm Quest Pro will have these features, it seems to be a strong hint, given Zuckerberg’s comments.
Eye tracking and face tracking could make multiplayer & social apps more realistic. Eye tracking also has other uses, such as improving VR throwing mechanics through the app understanding what you’re aiming at.
Quest Pro Might Have New Lenses
Android Central said in June it viewed a note from Ming-Chi Kuo claiming Facebook & Sony have ordered high quantities of new, more expensive VR lenses for 2022. Kuo is a TF International Securities analyst mostly known for sometimes predicting Apple products & moves over a year in advance.
Current VR lenses have a field of view roughly around 100 degrees wide. New lenses could mean Quest Pro has a wider field of view, area of clarity, or both. In an Instagram AMA back in March, Bosworth said he likes the idea of a taller field of view, which he claimed could be more impactful than wider.
Android Central’s headline names the headset as ‘Oculus Quest 3’, but the article notes the source isn’t actually claiming that.
Quest Pro Might Have Lens Depth Adjustment
Reggy04 also found in the Oculus firmware references to lens depth adjustment.
PRESS AND HOLD THE DEPTH BUTTON AND MOVE THE HEADSET CLOSER OR FURTHER AWAY FROM YOUR FACE. THE LENSES SHOULD BE CLOSE TO YOUR EYES, BUT NOT CAUSE DISCOMFORT.
Already present in headsets like Valve Index, lens depth adjustment allows you to move the lenses closer to, or away further, from your eyes. Closer results in a wider field of view, but might be less comfortable.
Note that lens depth adjustment is a different thing from precise lens separation adjustment. Lens separation adjustment refers to changing the distance between the lenses of a VR headset and it is a feature on the original Rift and Quest as well as on the HTC Vive and Valve Index. At the time of this writing, there’s no evidence either way about whether Quest Pro will have precise lens separation adjustment.
Quest Pro Probably Won’t Be Varifocal
All VR headsets on the market today are fixed focus. Each eye is given a separate image, but the images are focused at a fixed distance from the lenses. This means that your eyes point (verge) toward the virtual distance to the object you’re looking at, but focus (accommodate) to the fixed focal length. This is called the vergence-accommodation conflict. It may cause eye strain and headaches and can also make close-up objects look blurry.
At Facebook’s annual F8 conference in 2018, the company showed off “Half-Dome”, a prototype variable focus (varifocal) headset using physical actuators to move the position of the displays relative to the lenses. In late 2019 Facebook showed a compact version called Half-Dome 2 and a version with liquid crystal lens layers instead of moving parts called Half-Dome 3.
It may seem like Quest Pro would be the ideal product to introduce this technology, but when asked about the idea in the same February AMA session where he hinted at Quest Pro, Bosworth replied:
“Half-Dome is a varifocal headset, which means the optics move to help us solve vergence-accommodation so you can focus on near objects. But building something like that has fragility, cost, weight concerns, which we haven’t found a way to balance yet. But it is still something we’re looking at.”
Carmack Thinks Quest Pro Won’t Sell As Well
In that same public conversation Bosworth signaled Quest Pro not coming this year, consulting CTO John Carmack gave his view on the prospective product:
“I’m happy to have some Pro version that’s going exploring every sensor in the kitchen sink. I just think that you’ll wind up with 1/10th of the users on there and we should be about kind of maximizing the user base.“
What processor will Quest Pro use?
Like all standalone VR headsets shipped outside China, we’d expect Quest Pro to use a Qualcomm Snapdragon chip. Quest 2 uses Snapdragon XR2, a variant of Snapdragon 865 from early 2020.
Snapdragon 865+ launched in late 2020 as a higher clocked but more expensive model. Early this year a further improved model, Snapdragon 870, shipped with an even higher clocked Prime CPU core.
A true successor, Snapdragon 888, also launched early this year. Qualcomm claims the new graphics processing unit (GPU) is 35% more powerful, but there was no announcement of an XR-focused variant or mention of VR.
Of course, XR2 could still be used but clocked higher. The primary CPU cores in Quest 2 are actually underclocked. A more advanced cooling system could allow for significant improvement in CPU, and perhaps even GPU overclocking. And since it’s not shipping this year, Quest Pro could use a chip yet to be announced.
When will Quest Pro be announced and when will it be released?
Other than noting it isn’t launching this year, Facebook hasn’t dropped any hints as to when Quest Pro might be announced or released. The company hosts an annual VR & AR conference in fall called Connect where products like Oculus Go and Oculus Quest were first announced.
This year Facebook Connect takes place October 28. There are no rumors as to what will be announced, but if Facebook does plan to reveal Quest Pro this year Connect would likely be the venue.
Forget Oculus Quest 3 — Oculus Quest Pro will be coming first
The Oculus Quest 2 has been a great success for Facebook, but don’t expect a follow-up anytime soon. In fact. we’re more likely to get an Oculus Quest Pro before an Oculus Quest 3.
That’s according to Oculus CTO John Carmack and and Vice President Andrew Bosworth during a Twitter Q&A (via Upload VR) last week. While follow-up headsets have apparently been discussed, the Oculus Quest 2 is here to stay “for a long while”.
“There isn’t a Quest 3, there’s only the Quest 2,” Bosworth said during the discussion, “But I did hint at an AMA earlier this year about Quest Pro because we do have a lot of things in development where we want to introduce new functionality to the headset along the kinds that people theorize that we would want to introduce, and that’s a little ways off still.”
Bosworth went on to confirm that the hypothetical Oculus Quest Pro headset wouldn’t be arriving this year. He said that the Quest 2 is “the best bet for the most accessible way to get into VR," so it’s sticking around for the immediate future.
We have to agree. The Oculus Quest 2 tops our list of the best VR headsets thanks to its all-in-on design, which means you don’t need an expensive PC to run it. But it does also have optional PC and full-room capabilities, a massive range of compatible games and an affordable $299 price tag.
Keeping the Quest 2 around is a good thing
While some VR enthusiasts may be upset to hear that the Oculus Quest Pro isn't coming soon, it's not a bad thing. For one, it means the headset you have is going to be supported for some time, and you won’t be forced to upgrade.
Plus. for those who are on the fence about picking up the Quest 2, you’ve got safety in the knowledge that you’re not dropping $300 on a headset right before a new one arrives.
As Oculus has already shown, it’s still willing to invest in its older products. While the Oculus Quest 2 just got its first proper exclusive in the form of the Resident Evil 4 VR remake, there are still plenty of new games that are compatible with the first generation Oculus Quest.
In fact, Carmack pointed out, “if a developer is doing something to, you know, make money there’s still a pretty substantial market there in Quest 1 users.” Bosworth added that there is still an incentive for developers to support the original Quest, and that it isn’t too difficult to do so.
So while Oculus is willing to let developers with “really high-end apps” exclusively target the Quest 2, they still recommend supporting both headsets.
So there may not be an upgraded model coming for a while, it’s not like there’s any shortage of ways you can use the Oculus Quest 2, and the original Oculus Quest.
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Oculus Quest 3: All the latest rumours on the next-gen VR headset
We’ve found all the latest information on the Oculus Quest 3, here’s the definitive guide for what to expect in the next virtual reality headset.
With the Oculus Quest 2 coming out just last year, it seems like the Oculus Quest 3 is already in development.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has already been kind enough to confirm there is a new VR project on the way. While it’s not confirmed to be the Oculus Quest 3 yet, the fact he alluded to Quest 2 content being forward-compatible suggests a successor is in the works.
Keep scrolling to find out everything we know so far about the newest Oculus headset, and make sure to keep this page bookmarked, as we’ll be updating it as new information comes out.
Since the Quest 2 debuted only last year, we would guess that the newest headset won’t be around until 2022 at the earliest.
Looking back to the first Oculus Quest, there was a year and a half gap between the original and the second headset, and we would expect a similar pattern for the release of the Quest 3.
Plus, there are rumours that both Sony and Apple will be releasing new VR products in 2022, so it’s very possible that Oculus will release its own newest product around the same time in response.
Since we have a lack of information here, the price is something we’ll have to make an educated guess on. The Oculus Quest 2 came in two variations, the 64GB model and the 256GB model.
The first was priced at £299/$299 at launch with the second costing £399/$399, so it wouldn’t be unreasonable to expect the next-generation version will sit at around that mark.
It is possible that Oculus will try and cut down the price, however, any major upgrades to the system might actually up the price, so it’s too early to tell.
Since we’re working off of rumours and expectations, there are a few guesses we can make on the Oculus Quest 3. Firstly, it’s widely thought that it will have at least a 120Hz refresh rate since the Quest 2 is now working at that standard.
Looking at the VR world also might clue us in, as features like light-field imagery are becoming more popular, as it better helps to create a realistic view of the world.
It also wouldn’t be too shocking if we saw upgrades to the hand tracking technology, as seen with the PS5 DualSense controller, there are ways to incorporate haptic feedback into games for a more immersive experience.
And as expected, since Oculus Quest is owned by Facebook, you’ll likely need to integrate your Quest through your Facebook account.
Oculus Quest 3: rumors, predictions, and likely release date
We know for sure that a new OculusVR headset – which may or may not be called the Oculus Quest 3 – is currently in development; Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg confirmed as much in a January earnings call for the company.
Zuckerberg told investors: “We’re continuing to work on new hardware [which] will fit the same platform [as the Quest 2], so the content that works on Quest 2 should be forward-compatible [...] we’re going to build one larger install base around the virtual reality headsets that we have.”
Whether those comments are in reference to an Oculus Quest 3 headset remains to be seen, but they certainly make it sound like the Facebook-owned Oculus is working on a newer version of theOculus Quest 2, at least, which we described in our review as possibly “the best VR headset ever”.
As it happens, a new and improved Quest 2 model is now on the shelves, packing 128GB of storage for exactly the same price as the existing base version – making it better value, and an easier recommendation, than ever.
But we still think Facebook has another product up its sleeve.
So, what do we know so far about this potential Oculus Quest 3 headset? Below, we round up all the latest news, rumors and predictions for the most anticipated product in the world of VR.
In April 2021, details were shared of a recent online chat between two key Oculus executives that suggest the company's next device is more likely to be an incremental 'Oculus Quest 2 Pro' upgrade rather than a full-on Oculus Quest 3 follow-up, while vice president of Facebook Reality Labs, Andrew Bosworth, said that right now, a Quest 3 headset is still “a little way off.”
However, more recent predictions from a top industry analyst suggest the Oculus Quest 3 (or at least a new Oculus device) may be with us as early as 2022.
Oculus Quest 3 release date
Don’t expect the Oculus Quest 3, if indeed it is in development, to arrive any sooner than 2022. With the Quest 2 launching in October 2020, only a year and a half after the original, it’s likely the Quest 3 – or indeed any new Oculus headset – will follow a similar timeline.
The most recent predictions from top industry analysts suggest 2022 is the year to put in our diaries. That's when we're most likely to see the Oculus Quest 3 – as well as the PSVR 2 and Apple VR.
We'd be surprised to see it launch as late as 2023, given Facebook's clear appetite to establish itself as the home of mainstream VR gaming.
More information is being revealed about the next Quest device as the year goes on, though. In an interview with The Information, Zuckerberg said that not only is the Quest 3 in the works, but that the company is already in the early stages ofwork on the Oculus Quest 4.
“Because of how hardware gets developed, you kind of need to know what your next three products are going to look like all at the same time," said Zuckerberg.
"It’s not like software where we’re changing it every couple of weeks. We have product teams spun up now working on the next few generations of virtual reality and what Quest 3 and 4 are gonna look like.“
Although there's a big difference between actually creating these products and defining what they're "gonna look like", this is good news for those who are keen to find out more about the Quest 3.
It's not all positive news, though. In April 2021,details were shared of a recent online chat between two key Oculus executives who suggest it'll be a while yet until we see a new VR headset from Oculus. What's more, they also indicate the next device is more likely to be an incremental 'Oculus Quest 2 Pro' upgrade rather than a full-on Oculus Quest 3 follow-up.
That assumption was corroborated in a Twitter Q&A with vice president of Facebook Reality Labs, Andrew Bosworth, who said that right now, a Quest 3 headset is still “a little way off.”
Still, as mentioned above, more recent predictions from a top industry analyst suggest the Oculus Quest 3 (or at least an Oculus Quest 2 Pro) will be with us as early as 2022 –along with the PSVR 2 and Apple VR expected around that time, too – so that'll be one busy Christmas 2022 buying season, that's for sure.
Oculus Quest 3 specs and features
Given the improvements made by the Quest 2 over its predecessor, we’d expect the Quest 3 to remain a standalone VR headset with customary improvements to battery life, processing power and resolution. The Quest 2 boasts a 50% sharper picture than the original device, which sets an impressive benchmark for the Quest 3 to follow.
The Quest 2 also upped the refresh rate to 90Hz from the original Quest’s default 72Hz, and increased that figure again to 120Hz earlier in the year.
It would follow, then, that the Quest 3 will come equipped with a 120Hz refresh rate, although time will tell whether upcoming VR titles can take full advantage of the upgrade given that most games still don’t yet support that higher refresh rate.
Interestingly, a Swiss VR tech manufacturer, CREAL, recently demonstrated its breakthrough in light-field display technology, showing off a headset capable of focusing at long distances and rendering high resolution imagery up close. This technology is capable of generating imagery that accurately represents how we see light from the real world, and though not yet available for the mass-market, may be something we see arrive with the Quest 3.
CREAL also says its display is capable of running at 240Hz – double the 120Hz refresh established by the Quest 2 update – though this does seem a little too big of a jump for the Quest 3 to make.
We could also see changes to the form factor, possibly decreasing the weight further or focusing on comfort-related alterations. We're sure the software will be updated to improve hand tracking in that time, too – while the kind of haptic feedback we're seeing in the PS5 DualSense controller seems like it could elevate VR experiences if it came to the Quest's pair of controllers in a meaningful way.
An almost inevitable feature of the Quest 3, though, will be its integration with the Facebook ecosystem, meaning you’ll likely need a Facebook account to access the platform. This prerequisite means you’ll again be subject to Facebook’s data monitoring practices – so if you’re morally against the Quest 2’s data-harvesting methods, you’ll be out of luck once more.
Oculus Quest 3 price
How much would an Oculus Quest 3 model cost? Oculus Quest 2 comes in two variants: a model with 64GB of storage, priced at £299 / $299 / AU$479, and a 256GB version for £399 / $399 / AU$639.
That’s a significant saving over the price that the original entry-level Oculus Quest model opened sales at. We expect that a Quest 3 couldn't get too much cheaper, and we've seen Oculus adopt a 'same price, but better specs' strategy when upgrading the Oculus Rift to the Rift S.
Knowing Facebook's plans for the hardware to become the go-to mainstream VR platform, it's a pretty safe bet that it won't get more expensive than the current Quest 2 model.
Oculus Quest 3 predictions
In our review of the Oculus Quest 2, it was hard to find fault with a VR headset that proved immersive, comfortable and easy to use. And yet, while it clearly leads the pack in the VR market, it still falls foul of some of the pitfalls that the technology as a whole suffers from. Here’s a list of updates we want to see on the Oculus Quest 3:
Improved motion sickness prevention
One of those technological pitfalls, and perhaps an unavoidable one, is the motion sickness that can often ensue when using any VR headset. Depending on your tolerance for whirring and blurring, the Quest 2 can be one helluva dizziness-inducer. While there isn’t yet a clear path to making any VR headset immune to user dizziness, it’s nonetheless something we’d like to see improved on the Oculus Quest 3.
A better fit
The same goes for the fit of the device. While the Quest 2 is indeed a comfortable weight when on the head, it can still be a little claustrophobic to achieve a good, tight fit. Again, it’s a problem encountered by almost all VR headsets, and a base-level issue that the next generation of hardware should at least attempt to better address.
Improved Oculus Store
Other improvements we’d like to see include a more effective in-VR Oculus Store. While the equivalent store on browser and in the app makes it easy to discover new releases and search for upcoming games, the store inside the headset itself seems to roll the dice on what apps are shown with no way to quickly navigate to new content. This makes it difficult to pre-order games and discover new titles to purchase when using the device, which is a pivotal part of ensuring the headset maintains replayability.
A neighbourhood-like social space
While the Quest 2 has a competent party invitation system to get you game-to-game with your friends, there isn’t a social space to engage with others in-between. It would be interesting to see the Quest 3 introduce a virtual social space, in the same vein as NBA 2K’s neighbourhood area, to share some downtime with others. What’s with the multi-person furniture in the current home environment if there’s nobody to share it with?
Improved media sharing
Sharing screenshots and videos on Oculus devices has never been easy, and it’s an issue that the Quest 2 tried to address with little success. You still need to jump through several hoops before you’re able to share your VR content, which is often captured haphazardly anyway, so we’d like to see the Oculus 3 make the whole deal more accessible. 1080p video, app integration, proper audio syncing – that’d all be nice, too.
The road ahead for Oculus Quest 3
While VR gaming is a medium that has certainly gained popularity in recent years – the Quest 2 reportedly received five times as many pre-orders as its predecessor – it's still not considered to have cracked the mainstream market.
At least, that’s the opinion of Mark Zuckerberg, who reportedly said in 2018 that 10 million VR users were needed to ensure the Oculus platform was "sustainable and profitable for all kinds of developers.” He did add, though, that “once we get across this threshold, we think that the content and the ecosystem are just going to explode" (as reported by RoadtoVR).
There’s also a gaping hole in the market right now which the Oculus Quest 3 could aim to fill. The Valve Index is one of the best VR headsets we've tested so far, but transistor shortages have effectively shut down manufacturing of the device for the past year, making it very difficult to get hold of one. A new Oculus device, then, could learn from the successes of Valve’s headset and achieve a real foothold in the VR industry.
Rumours, of course, are also swirling that an Apple VR headset is in the works (along with an Apple car, smart glasses, TV and so on…) which could mean heavy competition in the years to come. Multiple tech heavyweights fighting for the top spot can only be a good thing for VR gaming, though, so we await with bated breath what the Oculus Quest 3 can bring to the table.
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