The arrival of Apple’s Vision Pro headset has piqued consumers’ curiosity in virtual reality (VR), but how does it compare to other headsets like the Meta Quest Pro? We’ll compare the Meta Quest Pro to the Apple Vision Pro and highlight the main features of each. Determine whether you should invest in Meta hardware now or hold off until 2024 to save money on Apple’s alternative. Here, we will compare the Apple Vision Pro and the Meta Quest Pro in terms of their overall design, technical characteristics, features, software, and cost so that you may make an informed buying decision.
The Detailed Comparison here:
|Header Cell – Column 0
|Apple Vision Pro
|Meta Quest Pro
|1 x M2 chip, 1 x R1 chip
|Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+
|4K (per eye)
|1832 x 1920 (per eye)
|Display refresh rate
|2 hours (with external battery)
|2-3 hours (rated)
|10.3 x 7.1 x 5.0 (inches)
|About 1 pound
|Mixed reality passthrough
|Operates in mixed reality by default
|Full color passthrough
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Variations in Design
The installation of the batteries comes first. The Meta Quest Pro has a box on the wearer’s face that contains the screens and other components, but the battery is located at the rear of the head strap. Apple has eliminated the internal battery and replaced it with a portable pack you carry in your pocket.
This change should help reduce the headset’s overall weight, but given that the Vision Pro contains many more individual components than the Quest Pro does, we don’t anticipate a huge difference. However, we won’t know for sure until Apple reveals the weight of its headgear.
The Vision Pro also differs in that its front display may reveal the user’s eyes while engaged in an augmented reality experience (or a cloud of colour if engrossed in a virtual reality one). We can’t determine if this Eyesight function is cool or disturbing, but Apple claims that it helps communicating with someone wearing the headset feel less like talking to a robot.
While the Vision Pro’s menu navigation mechanism is neat to look at, it may present challenges for programmers because most currently available virtual reality applications only support controllers, many of which share a button layout. Porting these apps over to the Vision Pro could be difficult due to Apple’s hand-tracking-only mechanism.
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We wouldn’t describe either the Vision Pro or the Meta Quest Pro as cheap, but the Meta headset is significantly less than Apple’s.
The 256GB version of the Quest Pro costs $999.99 / £999.99 / AU$1,729.99, while the base model of the Vision Pro begins at $3,499 (about £2,800 / AU$5,300). While Apple hasn’t revealed final pricing information, it appears that even the most basic model will outperform competing headsets in every way imaginable.
Apple claims that the headgear is equivalent to a high-end hi-fi system in a single device because of its 4k display and immersive surround sound. Therefore, Apple claims the product is inexpensive. However, the price may still appear high when you take into account the fact that only one person at a time may enjoy the headset’s immersive entertainment experiences and that each charge only lasts for two hours.
You may either acquire the cheaper Quest Pro or wait for Apple to release a cheaper choice if the money is tight. There have been rumours about a cheaper successor to the Vision Pro, but nothing is certain until Apple officially unveils the device.
Comparison based on their hardware
The hardware in the Quest Pro is adequate for operating all of its programmes and functions. Among its many impressive features are 12 GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 processor. But it won’t be nearly as popular as Apple’s headgear. All we know is that it has two separate chipsets (the M2 and the R1), but that’s about it. The R1 is what drives the Vision Pro’s XR features, but the M2 is what powers Apple’s most powerful iPads and some of the most powerful Macs and MacBooks.
It is still unknown how much memory or storage space the Vision Pro will have, but we anticipate it to be at least as capable as the Quest Pro. There is widespread agreement, however, that the Vision Pro’s display outshines that of the Quest Pro by a wide margin. There will be about 23 million total pixels thanks to two independent micro-OLED 4k displays, one for each eye. The two small LED-LCD screens on the Meta Quest Pro have a resolution of 1,920 by 1,800, but these new monitors will be able to handle far greater resolutions.
The Vision Pro is equipped with an array of cameras and sensors that allow for mixed reality, eye-tracking, and even a 3D scan of your face for virtual reality video chats. Overall, we preferred Apple’s sensors to those of the Quest Pro, and the Vision Pro has even more of them. In comparison to the Vision Pro’s 12, the Quest Pro only has 5.
The improved hardware of the Vision Pro makes it appear to be able to exceed the Meta Quest Pro in every metric. Better hand tracking and more refined mixed reality are both required for this.
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Based on their software
Meta presently has the upper hand in software, but this is in part because Apple has been tight-lipped about the features included in the headset’s initial release. It may soon overtake the current leader in this category.
The Quest store on Meta offers a wide variety of useful and fun apps for a wide range of purposes. Meta’s Quest hardware is home to some of the best virtual reality games, and there’s also a plethora of fitness- and sports-oriented apps that can transform your living room into a personal gym.
If you’re strapped for cash but still want to experience virtual reality, the Quest Pro (or a cheaper headgear like the Oculus Quest 2 or the just-released Meta Quest 3) is your best bet. The Vision Pro may be the better option if you can afford to wait until 2024 and don’t mind the price tag. From what we can see so far, Apple’s headset will have more powerful specifications and features than any previous standalone VR headset, but its potential remains limited by software.
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