PSVR2 vs Meta Quest Pro: Which VR headset is better?

Sayem Ahmed
A full shot of the Meta Quest ProDexerto

You’ve come to the right place if you’re teetering between the Meta Quest Pro and PSVR2. We’re here to guide you through everything these flagship devices offer.

The PlayStation VR2 has made its grand entry, although it faces fierce competition from the reigning industry leader Meta. The tech giant has a pair of headsets worth your attention – the beginner-friendly Meta Quest 2 and the high-end Meta Quest Pro.

The Meta Quest 2 shares a significant chunk of its tech DNA with the PS VR 2, while the Quest Pro takes a detour to provide an experience similar to what the PS VR 2 promises.

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Add to the mix a substantial price difference between the two of the best VR headsets, we’ll weigh in on what bang you’ll be getting for your buck with each device.

Price

  • PlayStation VR2 price: $549.99
  • Meta Quest Pro price: $1499.99

The PlayStation VR2 appears to be a comparative steal when compared to the Meta Quest Pro. Both headsets are able to use similar technology. Though, the Quest Pro is arguably slightly more advanced, thanks to its high-quality pancake lenses, lightweight form factor, and onboard processing. Yes, that means there are no wires attaching it anywhere, unlike the PlayStation VR2.

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Specifications

PlayStation VR2Meta Quest Pro
SoCN/A, powered by PlayStation 5Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2+
Resolution (Per-eye)2000×20401800×1920
Display typeOLED (+HDR)LCD
Refresh rate90Hz / 120Hz72Hz – 90Hz
Field of view110 degrees106 degrees
LensesFresnel, Fully adjustablePancake
FeaturesEye tracking, Facial haptics, headphone jackHand tracking, PC compatibility, voice commands, wireless, Mixed reality
ControllersPlayStation Sense ControllersMeta Quest Touch Pro controllers
Weight560g722g
Price$549.99$1499.99

The PlayStation VR2 and Meta Quest Pro are vastly different devices, but make use of similar technology, with regard to their inside-out tracking, eye tracking, and capacity to deliver on foveated rendering in some capacity. The Quest Pro’s Snapdragon XR2+ is less powerful than a PlayStation 5, but it’s still more powerful than the Meta Quest 2, thanks to its 12GB of RAM and strong passthrough capabilities for mixed reality.

The Quest Pro’s display is also a noticeable upgrade over the regular Quest 2, boasting a 130% larger color gamut. Though, this pales in comparison to the strength of the PSVR2’s OLED panel. The Meta Quest Pro offers around 1.8 teraflops of pure power, whereas the PlayStation VR2 can utilize the PS5’s 10.28 teraflops by comparison. This isn’t an apples-to-apples performance comparison but gives you a good idea of how good the rendering capabilities of the Meta Quest Pro is.

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Design

The Meta Quest Pro front designDexerto

The Meta Quest Pro and PlayStation VR2 embody two different design principles in VR headsets. The Meta Quest Pro has a slim, wireless form factor, whereas the PSVR2 could be considered pretty bulky and frustratingly tethered by comparison. Both headsets use inside-out tracking, with the headsets making use of cameras on the body to position yourself inside your surroundings.

The big difference between the design of the PSVR2 and Meta Quest Pro is its lens design. The displays are both comparable, but the PSVR2’s are notably higher resolution. However, The PSVR2 makes use of something named Fresnel Lenses, while the Meta Quest Pro uses Pancake lenses.

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Sony’s Fresnel Lenses in the PSVR2 allow for higher light output, thus attaining a proud HDR badge, whereas Pancake lenses are not able to replicate that quite yet. That’s not to say that Fresnel Lenses are better, though. Pancake lenses have a much wider sweet spot, and allow for the headset to be slimmer at the front, more evenly distributing the weight of the headset. We had zero issues finding a sweet spot using a Quest Pro, versus the PSVR2’s frustrating adjustment process.

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During long periods of play, this caused the Meta Quest Pro to be immensely more comfortable during a session of Demeo than the PlayStation VR2 is able to achieve, this is due to how the weight is distributed throughout the headset. Whereas the PlayStation VR2 is very front-heavy, the Quest Pro feels much nicer.

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Games

Beat Saber screenshotBeat Games
Beat Saber is reason enough for many to buy a VR headset

Much like the Quest 2, the Quest Pro is able to make use of the well-populated VR Ecosystem, which has had years to build up, and will likely be compatible with headsets in the future. Meanwhile, the PSVR2’s library is new, with only a handful of titles by comparison.

It’s also important to note that the PlayStation VR2 will be able to run significantly higher-fidelity games on the headset, thanks to the power of the PlayStation 5. Though, the PSVR 2 has a rather meager selection in comparison to the Quest Pro. However, you are able to link up your Meta Quest Pro to a PC for a similar experience for Desktop VR applications, too.

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While you can experience AAA experiences on both headsets, you will not be able to play staple franchises like Horizon: Call of the Mountain and Gran Turismo 7 on anything else aside from the PSVR2.

For this, we would say that the Quest Pro actually has much more versatility when compared to the PlayStation VR, and will make for a much better experience overall.

Which one should you buy?

A profile view of the Meta Quest ProDexerto

If you have the money, the Meta Quest Pro is an astonishing bit of hardware. Though, it’s simply too expensive to recommend to most people. The PlayStation VR2 has many of the features that the Quest Pro offers, at a third of the price (as long as you can bear a tethered VR experience).

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Though, we would say that the Quest Pro makes us incredibly excited for whatever the Quest 3 may hold for us in the future.

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About The Author

Dexerto's Hardware Editor. Sayem is an expert in all things Nvidia, AMD, Intel, and PC components. He has 10 years of experience, having written for the likes of Eurogamer, IGN, Trusted Reviews, Kotaku, and many more. Get in touch via email at sayem.ahmed@dexerto.com.