While Sony was busy at CES announcing more details on the upcoming PSVR 2, this was not the only VR news that has recently arrived. While Meta/Facebook/Oculus/whatever declined to announce anything official, some potential leaks have surfaced that indicate a possible Oculus Quest Pro in the pipeline. We've rounded up everything we can find, to give you the details on this possible new Oculus product. So if you were considering dipping your toe into the VR pool, read this first. Seriously. Read it. Read it and enjoy it.
Oculus Quest Pro Release Date
At the moment, nothing has been confirmed officially by Meta. So all we have to go on are rumours. These are based on possible leaks. And it's always interesting to speculate on how a leak has come about. Did a journalist really manage to finagle confidential company information? Or, in an effort to take some attention away from the Sony announcement, was something tactically 'leaked'. We may never know, but there are definitely reasons why a company may choose to do this.
Whatever the case may be, in terms of a release date, here's what we know. While there may be nothing official - yet - the rumour mill is pointing to a release in Q2 of 2022. So sometime between April and June this year. This information comes from YouTuber Brad Lynch, and was first reported in Android Central. If accurate, then we are only a few months away from the release of this new VR headset.
Oculus Quest Pro Specs
Once again, take this information with a pinch of salt. But there are several interesting snippets that have been discussed in relation to the Quest Pro. At the Facebook Connect event held last year, they made reference to Project Cambria, which is believed to be the codename for the Quest Pro.
And the specs that are being mooted appear to be very interesting. The display is rumoured to consist of miniLED screens. This, coupled with anticipated 'pancake' lenses, would lead to a much smaller form factor. Pancake lenses essentially 'fold' light, so the headset can be a lot thinner than in the current headsets people use.
There is also expected to be a camera to enable you to use the headset in augmented reality. The cameras are also expected to work as eye and face trackers. The controllers are expected to get an upgrade as well.
As always, nothing is definite until it has been officially confirmed.
Anything Else Worth Knowing?
Given the nature of these rumours, we don't have a price for the headset, but we'd anticipate it costing more than the Quest 2, which costs either £299 or £399, depending on how much storage you plump for. Top-end VR headsets, such as the HTC Vive Cosmos Elite ($900) or the Valve Index ($1000) gives them plenty of wriggle room to undercut, should they wish.
One thing that is very clear, is that this not a fancy name for an Oculus Quest 3. This is more likely to be a totally separate entity. And there are very strong rumours that a Quest 3 is already in the works.
There are further suggestions that Meta is working on its own silicon. But whether that will be for the Quest Pro, or for the Quest 3 (itself rumoured to be coming in 2023) is less certain. It does suggest that they are planning on moving away from Qualcomm Snapdragon processors in the not-too-distant future, however.
As always, we'll continue to update this article as and when more information emerges.