Facebook owner Meta unveils $1,500 VR headset

New tech sports high-resolution sensors so people can see mixed virtual and augmented reality in full colour


A Staff Reporter

Published: Wed 12 Oct 2022, 8:29 AM

Last updated: Wed 12 Oct 2022, 10:42 AM

On Wednesday, during Meta's annual Connect conference, Mark Zuckerberg officially announced Meta Quest Pro, the Facebook-owners' new high-end and advanced VR headset.

With pre-orders announced, Meta Quest Pro will be available for purchase on October 25 for $1,499.99. This includes the headset, Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers, stylus tips, partial light blockers, and a charging dock.

Meta Quest Pro features high-res sensors for robust mixed reality experiences, LCD displays for sharp visuals, a new and sleeker design, plus eye tracking and Natural Facial Expressions.

"So, the main reason that we're in this space is that we think that VR can be very powerful for social connection, and with the Quest Pro, we want to bring more of that into the work context as well, where Microsoft already has some incredibly successful products in the market," says Mark Zuckerberg

Meta work tools and partnerships

But the metaverse won't be built by one company alone. Mark Zuckerberg was joined by both Microsoft Chairman and CEO Satya Nadella, and Accenture Chair and CEO Julie Sweet, to share new partnerships that will accelerate the future of work:

Detailing how Meta Quest Pro was built with work in mind, the partnership with Microsoft is intended to bring its productivity tools to Meta Quest devices and Meta work experiences.

This includes Microsoft Teams immersive meeting experiences for Meta Quest, Microsoft Windows 365 for Meta Quest, Microsoft 365 app experiences for Quest, a Microsoft Teams/Workrooms integration, Meta Avatars in Microsoft Teams, and Microsoft Intune and Azure Active Directory support for Quest.

The partnership with Accenture will help businesses adopt Meta's hardware and software, integrated with Microsoft tech, so that businesses can bring the future of work to their people sooner.

Meta also announced that Quest for Business, its subscription bundle for Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro, that includes essential admin features like device and app management, will be coming next year.

Meta also announced a series of new features for Horizon Workrooms, the VR space for teams to connect and collaborate. The new features include more expressive avatars, breakout groups with spatial audio, sticky notes for the whiteboard, a new stylus controller tip for clearer writing and a personal office for individual productivity where you can access large virtual screens and utilize the full-colour pass-through mode. Meta also aims to launch Magic Room, a Zoom integration and 3D model review.


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