A number of references to a new Oculus Quest Pro device in the firmware has VR fans buzzing about a new upcoming headset to buy. In this guide, we go over:
- Everything we know about the Oculus Quest Pro
- Rumored features and enhancements about the device
- When the Pro VR headset will be available
- Other rumors and things to watch!
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What is the Oculus Quest Pro?
The Oculus Quest Pro is an upgraded version of the Oculus Quest 2 that has been rumored throughout the summer. Those rumors turned into more on September 12th, 2021, when some smart users uncovered references to the hardware in version 32 of the Quest’s firmware.
The Pro has been rumored for a while as an upgrade to the Quest 2, which is the highest selling VR headset of all time. The Quest Pro is said to introduce some value-added features, but keep the core processor and hardware configuration the exact same.
Oculus Quest Pro Features
A number of references in the Quest software confirm the development of the new device. The firmware references key features like face tracking and eye tracking in a number of areas. Lets break down the new features and how they are references.
Advanced Hand Tracking
Hidden in the firmware, Oculus explains how hand tracking is optimized on the new Pro hardware:
“Quest Pro estimates your hand size and how they move so you use your hands instead of controllers in VR.”
This sounds a lot like how hand tracking on the Oculus Quest works today.
Except, it’s more advanced.
The current Quest 2 does not estimate your hand size (that we know of). This feature possibly references advancements to the outward-facing hand tracking cameras that are on the Quest hardware.
There are numerous references to face tracking technology on the new Oculus Quest Pro. A lot of the text references setup for face tracking that would be performed the first time you setup the device.
“Copy the different expressions”
“Smile naturally until the calibration is complete You may need to hold this pose for a few seconds.
Show an angry expression until the calibration is complete, You may need to hold this pose for a few seconds.
Frown naturally until the calibration is complete. You may need to hold this pose for a few seconds.
Show a surprised expression until the calibration is complete. You may need to hold this pose for a few seconds.
Failed to calibrate the expression. Retrying..
Face movement estimation complete.
The current Quest 2 does not have any inward-facing cameras that would be required for face tracking. This hints that the Pro hardware would include these cameras. Their job would be to watch your face and learn about expressions you make with your eyes, eyebrows, and mouth.
Next, there are references in the firmware for setting up face tracking.
Follow the target with your gaze.
Eye calibration failed.
Eye movement estimation complete.
This feature would track your eye movement. It would be able to pinpoint where in the display you are looking.
This feature would presumably improve foveated rendering on the headset. Foveated rendering is the blurring of pixels on the outside of the headset that you are not directly looking at, so that you can optimize the graphics you ARE looking at. With eye tracking, this feature could be improved and adjusted on the fly.
Lens Depth Adjustment
New in the code are references to adjusting the depth and position of the lenses in the headset.
Slide the lenses closer together or further apart to improve visual clarity.
Press and hold the depth button and move the headset closer or further away from your face. The lenses should be close to your eyes, but not cause discomfort.
Adjust lens depth.
Turn the wheel left or right to adjust tightness. The front padding should fit directly over your forehead.
The Oculus Rift S already includes a similar depth adjustment feature. The addition of this new code suggests that a version of this feature might be coming to the Oculus Quest Pro.
Upgrade Head Strap
The references above to a fit wheel would suggest that a new head strap is going to be included on the Oculus Quest Pro as well. The heads strap design on the Quest 2 was a cause for controversy, with a lot of users complaining about discomfort. A number of elite straps for the Oculus Quest 2 have been released to try and fix the issue.
If the Quest Pro was going to make selective improvements, an upgraded head strap would be expected. Or, Oculus could choose to ship the hardware with the elite strap as well.
What is the Release Date of the Oculus Quest Pro?
The most obvious release date for the Oculus Quest Pro would be in November, after the upcoming Facebook Connect 8 conference. The Quest 2 headset was unveiled at Connect 7 to high success and we expect Facebook to follow a similar pattern.
FC8 is expected to be at the end of October.
Facebook has said that they are not focused on a Quest Pro product and are full speed ahead on the Quest 2 platform. However, these new additions into the code suggest otherwise. We should get a clearer picture at the connect conference.
As soon as we have more information on the upcoming Oculus Quest Pro, we will update this guide! What features are you most looking forward to?
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