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Meta Quest 2 Pro: Noted analyst offers features and price prediction list

A higher-quality display and new lens array will fundamentally improve the AR/VR experience. (Image source: Unsplash)
A higher-quality display and new lens array will fundamentally improve the AR/VR experience. (Image source: Unsplash)
Renowned tech supply chain analyst and tech leaker Ming-Chi Kuo recently shared a number of predictions regarding a new mixed reality headset from Meta that is expected to launch later this year. The new headset is allegedly slated to include a number of high-end features catering specifically to professionals and metaverse enthusiasts alike. Take a look at what to expect from what analysts are dubbing the “Meta Quest 2 Pro”.
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1. Updated lens array and mini-LED

Prominent tech analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has predicted that Meta’s updated Quest headset will feature a noticeably slimmer and more lightweight 2P “pancake” lens array. A departure from the bulky 1P fresnel lens layout on the existing Meta Quest 2, the new array would presumably enable a more ergonomic design that could reduce neck strain for a number of users.

Kuo further suggests that a new 2.48-inch mini-LED display may complement the new lens system by offering markedly better contrast thanks to local dimming zones. The new mini-LED panel will allegedly deliver a crystal clear resolution of 2160 x 2160p for each eye. 

Pancake lens arrays could usher in the mixed reality headset equivalent of the ultrabook revolution that dominated the 2010s. (Image source: Meta)
Pancake lens arrays could usher in the mixed reality headset equivalent of the ultrabook revolution that dominated the 2010s. (Image source: Meta)

2. Countless cameras inside and out

Kuo additionally expects the “Meta Quest 2 Pro” to feature a whopping 16 cameras. While three cameras will allegedly be integrated into each of the two controllers, the remaining 10 cameras will likely be located on the inside and outside of the headset. Earlier rumors suggested that inward-facing headset cameras could unleash new capabilities such as foveated rendering and facial expression recognition in the metaverse.

Adding cameras to each controller for motion-tracking purposes could eliminate the need for the existing tracking rings, enabling a much more compact wand-shaped controller design. By affixing more external cameras to the headset, Kuo adds that “3D-sensing support” could unlock dedicated augmented reality (AR) experiences in addition to the present virtual reality (VR) landscape for gaming and productivity.

The Qualcomm XR2 SoC currently supports a total of seven concurrent cameras though it is not clear if its custom computer vision processor can reliably drive more than seven cameras at once. It is worth noting that the  current Meta Quest 2 features only 4 infrared cameras.

Giving ad-tracking agencies access to eye tracking is a serious privacy concern. Imagine monetizing data based on what onscreen elements catch our gaze...(Image source: Unsplash)
Giving ad-tracking agencies access to eye tracking is a serious privacy concern. Imagine monetizing data based on what onscreen elements catch our gaze...(Image source: Unsplash)

3. Same great performance

Avid gamers and creative professionals hoping for a massive leap in performance will sadly be let down this time around. According to Ming-Chi Kuo’s predictions, the new high-end Meta Quest headset will feature the same Qualcomm XR2 processor that is present in the current Meta Quest 2 device.

I'm ready for the first mixed reality headset with 5G cellular connectivity! (Image source: Qualcomm)
I'm ready for the first mixed reality headset with 5G cellular connectivity! (Image source: Qualcomm)

4. Launch window and pricing

Kuo wraps up his “Meta Quest 2 Pro” predictions by forecasting that the pro-level device will begin mass production in Q3 2022 with shipments for 2H22 expected to reach two million units. Kuo also adds that he expects the headset to start at a premium price of US$799 or higher. 

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Brahm Shank, 2022-06-24 (Update: 2022-06-24)