Meta Quest Professional overview: Elegant standalone VR

When Meta first revealed the Quest Professional it appeared like the corporate had taken the much-loved Quest 2, upgraded and enhanced it in varied methods after which aimed it squarely at companies, very similar to HTC had finished with the Vive Focus 3.

With upgrades that embrace the “sleekest kind issue but”, a show that provides 37 per cent extra pixels per inch than the Quest 2, a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ processor and extra, the Quest Professional definitely looks like an important improve. However is it appropriate for the typical shopper as properly? We have been testing it out in varied methods to search out out.

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Meta Quest Professional

Editor’s Selection

Meta Quest Professional is a robust standalone VR headset that additionally works together with your PC in varied methods.


  • Very good visuals and sound
  • Glorious inside out monitoring
  • Snug match
  • Versatile makes use of

  • Hefty price ticket
  • Fiddly base station

A premium standalone VR headset with promise

  • 2 x LCD panels (1800 x 1920 pixels per eye) with native dimming backlight
  • Discipline of view (claimed): 106° horizontal × 96° vertical
  • 55 to 75 IPD vary
  • Wi-Fi 6E-enabled, Bluetooth 5.2, PC help with Oculus Hyperlink and Air Hyperlink

We have been utilizing the Meta Quest 2 for a very long time so we went into utilizing the Quest Professional anticipating to really feel a major improve. In any case, Meta claims the Quest Professional has 4 occasions the decision and 50 per cent extra processing energy than the Quest 2. So in principle it needs to be one thing particular.

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The Quest Professional is clearly a distinct beast although. It is the primary headset to make use of the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+ processor but it surely additionally has Snapdragon 662 cell processors in every controller. This permits the controllers to trace their very own motion with out counting on the headset, which means extra dependable and correct monitoring.

Internally the {hardware} is attention-grabbing in different methods although, with tech that features each eye-tracking for foveated rendering and facial monitoring for “pure” expressions in your VR avatar.

Quest Pro tips

Outwardly the Meta Quest Professional options an uncommon design that breaks the norm in a number of methods.

Firstly, there is no head strap on high as there was with the Quest 2 and most different headsets. As an alternative, the Quest Professional suits with a fastidiously balanced sturdy band across the edge that is adjusted with a easy wheel on the rear. This makes it appropriate for extra hairstyles and head shapes too, not less than in principle.

Secondly, the entrance of the design primarily makes the show float in entrance of your face. The place most headsets have padding that matches round your eyes as soon as you’ve got put the headset on, the Quest Professional is open to the surface world. We thought this might need a destructive impression on the VR expertise as a result of probably the most immersive headsets we have performed with often block out any surrounding gentle in favour of the digital world. We’re completely satisfied to report that our considerations have been shortly subdued once we began utilizing it although.

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The Quest Professional comes with two rubber blinkers which simply snap onto the edges of the headset (with magnets) to dam out gentle when you want it. But even with these in place, you’ll be able to nonetheless see your toes when sporting it. Once more we thought this gentle bleed would intrude with the expertise, however that is countered by the sheer brightness of the show.

It is really helpful too as with a fast look you’ll be able to see your toes and work out the place you might be within the room. Although as you’d anticipate you can even arrange the guardian system to present you a digital barrier in your playspace.

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Smarter and extra handy monitoring

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 662 cell processor per controller
  • SLAM monitoring with three digicam sensors per controller
  • Ten superior VR/MR sensors to help 6 levels of freedom inside-out SLAM monitoring
  • Eye and dealing with monitoring, color passthrough cameras

The headset has numerous cameras and sensors constructed into it to let it present inside-out monitoring so you do not want any exterior IR base stations.

This makes the setup and use far simpler and means you’ll be able to focus on simply having enjoyable.

The monitoring tech consists of upgrades to the controllers too. Every controller not solely has a Snapdragon 662 cell processor constructed into it but additionally three digicam sensors every as properly. This implies extra correct monitoring and extra potential makes use of.

All these cameras additionally double as passthrough cameras and with a few settings tweaks you’ll be able to set the headset to permit you to see the true world by means of them. These are color cameras, so it is very easy to see the place you are going or shortly get a view of your world.

How to setup Meta Quest Pro hand tracking passthrough

Every time you pop the Quest Professional on it is going to examine for the guardian borders. The setup course of allows you to paint a digital border round the place you intend to play. The headset will then do not forget that area and when you attempt to play some other place you then’ll must re-draw the borders. That is helpful although because it means you’ll be able to dynamically change your play areas, huge or small on a whim and with relative ease.

It’s also possible to select from standing, seated or stationary play areas.

The Quest Professional additionally has different monitoring capabilities together with hand monitoring and direct contact, so you’ll be able to ditch the controllers for sure experiences and even press digital buttons together with your actual fingers.

All that is how the Meta Quest Professional works as a standalone VR machine. Very like the Quest 2, this headset is totally able to functioning by itself. Out of the field you have got entry to the identical Quest retailer because the Quest 2. So you’ll be able to obtain Quest 2 video games and apps and play them with the Quest Professional.

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VR gaming and experiences

In the event you’re already ingrained within the Quest universe, whether or not with an unique Oculus Quest or a Meta Quest 2 then you have got entry to the identical library of video games and experiences.

That is the place we began and once we began dabbling in a few of our favorite experiences we observed simply how completely different the Quest Professional’s show is.

It is noticeably brighter for a begin (because of this the brand new faceplate design is not an issue), but it surely’s additionally clearer and extra visually pleasing. This has an attention-grabbing impression as among the older video games look barely worse on the Quest Professional as a result of you’ll be able to see how significantly better they need to look.

More moderen titles are noticeably extra spectacular. We performed Strolling Useless Saints and Sinners and thought it seemed quite a bit higher. Then we tried out Purple Matter 2 which is among the first video games to take advantage of foveated rendering. This can be a processing tech that permits the headset to render the sport picture you are taking a look at in greater high quality whereas lowering the picture high quality of your environment in your peripheral imaginative and prescient. We might see this in motion as a result of we have been conscious of it but it surely was splendidly clear.

Connect Quest Pro to desktop

The Quest Professional can also be multi-capable because it not solely capabilities as a standalone headset but additionally will be tethered to your PC. Connecting this VR headset to your gaming machine you are able to do issues like view your desktop, use it as a substitute in your monitor or entry and play PCVR video games. We used it to play Bonelab, Half-Life: Alyx and different gorgeous VR experiences and completely appreciated the expertise.

You are able to do this wirelessly with Air Hyperlink, assuming you have got quick Wi-Fi and an honest dwelling community however you can even do it with a USB-C cable. Our expertise with this was fairly seamless too, there have been no noticeable points with latency whereas gaming through a PC and if utilizing a cable you’ll be able to play for longer too.

This does contact on one draw back of the Quest Professional although – battery life.

Meta says you will get as a lot as three hours of battery with fundamental use of the headset in standalone mode, however that is watching movies not enjoying. You may get much less when totally gaming and even much less when you’re additionally utilizing face monitoring and eye monitoring on the identical time. There are issues you are able to do (like turning these choices off) to enhance battery life, however you continue to will not be enjoying for hours and hours until you tether.

On the flip facet you have got the dock, which helps you to simply plop the headset and controllers on it once you’re finished and energy again up prepared for a cost subsequent time. Each the headset and controllers have built-in batteries, however in addition they have connectors that permit for wire-free charging. You solely must plug the bottom into the mains energy provide after which it will fortunately cost up your gadgets. We did discover this charger a fiddle at first although.

One other quirk is the design of this setup. Within the field, we discovered a privateness defend for the headset.

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That is presumably ultimate when you do not want the inside-out monitoring but additionally are apprehensive the cameras may be watching when you do not need them to.

We thought it might be a pleasant solution to defend the shiny entrance of the headset whereas it was charging, however you’ll be able to’t put this rubber defend on it and dock on the identical time. However hey, not less than it is in all probability straightforward to wipe clear.

We’re impressed with the headphones on this headset. They’re constructed into the arms, however they’re completely loud sufficient. A lot in order that we frequently have to show them down to listen to individuals round us.

Good for protecting cool

One in all our favorite components of the Meta Quest Professional design is definitely associated to the floating lens fashion.

We play quite a lot of fast-paced video games and health experiences. Being a spectacles wearer this is usually a ache with many VR headsets because it typically results in steamy lenses – each the headset and the prescription glasses – however that is not the case right here.

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This design retains us cool whereas enjoying and the worst that occurs is a barely sweaty head pad. That is wipe clear too, really easy to take care of afterwards.

We’ve observed that the dearth of a high headband can result in some discomfort when you do not seat the headset in your head correctly or unintentionally tighten it up a tad an excessive amount of. This solely appears to be a difficulty when you’re frantically gaming for ages although, with commonplace video games it is wonderful.

Other than gaming, you even have the power to make use of the Quest Professional for digital conferences, social occasions with mates or just to look at Netflix by yourself private huge display screen.


From what we have seen throughout our testing the Meta Quest Professional isn’t solely far superior to the Quest 2, but it surely’s additionally higher in some methods than quite a lot of the high-end PCVR headsets on the market. That is as a result of Meta has properly balanced the comfort of a standalone design with the capabilities of a high-end machine that may nonetheless be tethered for different makes use of. It is accessible, straightforward to choose up and use and does an important job in a number of areas.

Our complaints concerning the headset are few and much between. Slight points with consolation, a mildly fiddly base station, maybe underwhelming battery life and possibly the worth level. Although even that has seen a $500/£500 drop because the headset launched.

Whereas we’ve a number of praises to sing and would fortunately splash out to improve from the Quest 2 to this, we additionally hope Meta makes a push for extra video games to take advantage of this {hardware} in future.