Is the Oculus Quest Pro getting closer to release?
(Pocket-lint) - Oculus is regularly updating the Oculus Quest 2 but now it seems there may be hints at a new, more powerful VR headset coming at some point. Back in March, during an Instagram AMA (Ask Me Anything) session, Facebook's Vice President of Augmented and Virtual Reality, Andrew Bosworth teased the potential existence of a new and improved Oculus Quest Pro. When one watcher posted a question that read "Why can't Oculus make a 600£ headset and put the best specs like Quest Pro 3 etc plz" Bosworth responded by saying "Quest Pro, huh?
Interesting," before winking at the camera. Now we have more hints about Facebook's plans in the latest Oculus Quest V32 firmware. Reddit user Reggy04 has analysed that firmware and discovered some interesting nuggets buried in the code. That includes not only mentions of the Oculus Quest Pro by name but also a number of other interesting features of the future headset.
These hints suggest that the Quest Pro will have a number of sensor enhancements. That includes an increased number of sensors for things like hand and finger tracking. There's also the promise of eye-tracking sensors which will allow for things like foveated rendering and more user-friendly navigation.
As if that wasn't enough, it seems that Oculus may also be working on facial tracking technology for the Quest Pro. That tech will be able to track your smile, angry expressions, frowns, surprised looks and more. The firmware code hints at user calibration of these actions to enable the headset to understand the user's face, so it's certainly an interesting view of what's coming.
Further in the code, there's also find mention of sliding lenses which may suggest the Quest Pro will have a hardware level interpupillary distance (IPD) adjustment rather than a software-based one. Along with a mention of lens depth adjustment too. Though this is hardly official confirmation of a new headset, it's not too unreasonable to believe it's a possibility.
After all, it seems that the Oculus Quest 2 has been pretty successful. Unsurprisingly considering that it's one of the most convenient ways to play some pretty great VR games without the need for a dedicated gaming PC or the hassle of external tracking cameras. With the recent confirmation by Sony of the PSVR 2 headset, it seems that the competition is hotting up as well.
Meaning there's plenty of reasons for Facebook not to rest on its laurels. It also gives game developers an incentive to keep producing more content in the future as well. Writing by Adrian Willings.
Originally published on 2 March 2021.