Meta’s next-gen Quest Pro may match the display of Apple’s Reality Pro

Apple is yet to announce its first extended reality headset that may arrive as Reality Pro. But before the device even arrives, Meta has already set sight on it, further pushing the social media firm to bring more premium features to its next-gen glasses or more possibly the Quest Pro 2.

It is now reported by South Korean publication The Elec that Meta is tapping SK Hynix as another manufacturer for one of the components of its future AR/VR headset. Particularly, SK Hynix is believed to supply the wafer needed in creating a micro-LED display. LG is already confirmed to have signed an agreement with Meta to provide the panel that will be combined to the wafer.

Why micro-LED is the next important thing in AR/VR space

Accordingly, making micro-LED displays is complex and costly compared to OLED and mini-LED types of panels. However, using micro-LED produces enormous advantages such as dramatically brighter output, more power efficient, support for ultra-high resolution, and longer lifespan.

With a micro-LED, it is possible for Meta to achieve up to 4K (2160 x 3840 pixel) resolution on the next-gen Quest Pro’s display, which is a big jump to the Quest Pro’s 1800 x 1920 pixel resolution. In contrast, the first Apple extended or mixed reality device is expected to boast a 4K micro-LED display on each side.

A person wearing the Meta Quest 2 and playing a virtual Reality game
The Meta Quest 2 (formerly Oculus Quest 2) is now available since two years / © NextPit

Meta’s shot is to make Quest Pro 2 cheaper than the Apple Reality Pro

Besides the high-end panel, the Reality Pro could also boast low-latency audio transmission along with an option to bring a Mac display into a virtual environment. Moreover, Apple is said to focus on offering immersive gaming and video streaming while advanced 3D air gestures should be added to the device through updates afterward.

The only downside is that Apple’s XR headset is the sky-high retail price which is rumored to start at $3000 or double the cost of the Quest Pro. If Meta could indeed build its Quest Pro 2 with a 4K resolution in a cheaper pricing, then it may have a good shot of outplaying Apple in the premium AR/VR market.

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