A deep dive into the Meta Quest Pro specs
Updated: Oct 21, 2022 9:23 pm
When ark Zuckerberg and Boz officially announced the Meta Quest Pro release date at the Meta Connect 2022 event, there was an irritating lack of specificity around the Meta Quest Pro specs and overall capabilities.
We got a lot of well-meaning videos displaying various use cases, but we were given relatively little when it comes to nitty-gritty tech stuff.
This was a particular shame as we think most people will want to know the technical capabilities of the Meta Quest Pro, as this sort of information is far more helpful in establishing what a device can actually do.
So, let’s take a look at everything we know so far about the Meta Quest Pro specs, and see which ones are the most important to the device itself.
Here’s a quick list of the specs, which are gathered directly from Meta itself, and some hands-on sources, all of which will be linked.
- CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+
- RAM: 12GB RAM
- Storage: 256GB
- Optics: Pancake lenses with an IPD range of 55-57mm, with continuous automatic adjustment
The Meta Quest Pro CPU Is the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+, which is a direct follow-up to the Snapdragon XR2. Truly a Shyamalan-style twist there.
Anyway, the ‘Snapdragon’ designation has been used by Qualcomm for years to refer to their mobile chipsets, indeed you might recognize the name from recent phone spec sheets.
While details around the + variant are fairly slim, we can make some educated guesses as to its features by looking at the previous variant.
The previous variant could handle up to 7 concurrent camera inputs and can support HDR and up to 3K x 3K-per eye
This all sounds fantastic, but you have to keep in mind that it’s just the chipset and there’s always some give and take when it comes to how the reference chip can be utilized for different use cases.
RAM, or Random Access Memory buffers stuff for the CPU, in this case, the Snapdragon XR2+. This allows the CPU quicker access to it, instead of having to fetch it directly from the storage.
In short, this makes for two key improvements. it allows the Meta Quest Pro to be snappier and smoother to use. Additionally, it means that it can multitask more effectively, which can make switching between games or apps far quicker too.
At present, the Meta Quest Pro is only available with 256GB of storage, which seems a bit low to be honest, especially with the rapidly growing size of games these days.
However, the Meta Quest Pro store page says ‘starting at $1500’. This makes us think that larger storage options will become available at some point, but at this point, that is pure speculation.
The Meta Quest Pro optics are also getting an upgrade, with some so-called ‘pancake lenses’. Unfortunately, the amusing name doesn’t scale with the novelty of the technology, however, it’s still very interesting.
Essentially, pancake lenses are a novel technology that’s too smart for us to fully understand, but they “fold” light over and over again via more than one actual piece of glass, which allows the lenses themselves to be placed closer to the displays themselves.
This results in a far more slimline overall profile. Do you remember the original Oculus Rift and how far it hung off of your face? We do too, and pancake lenses allow the bulk of the headset to be closer to your head.
This means that you get a slimmer overall profile and chances are that the image will be clearer, though this remains to be seen. (lmao gottem)