The outer sleeve of the attainable Quest Professional’s packaging in a screenshot from the leaked video.

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A few of the largest tech leaks of all time have resulted from prototypes being left behind by early testers and engineers. 

Whether or not it is a bar, the backseat of a cab, or elsewhere, forgotten pre-release items are a longstanding spine of tech journalism. 

In that custom, in the present day we have got a prototype of Meta‘s forthcoming Meta Quest Professional headset being proven off after apparently being forgotten in a lodge room by its tester. 

The front of the possible Quest Pro prototype with 3 front cameras

The entrance seems to sport three cameras, with others mounted across the rim.

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The leak comes by way of the Facebook page of Zectariuz Gaming, who recorded a video of himself eradicating the gadget from its packaging. The account additionally posted a number of pictures, however these seem to have been eliminated on the time of this writing.

A side view of the Quest Pro prototype

The facet view makes it look considerably slimmer than the Meta Quest 2. One of many aforementioned rim-mounted cameras may also be seen.

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The deserted prototype, which was later claimed by its rightful proprietor (per The Verge), seems to carefully match the Challenge Cambria headset Meta has been teasing in its current VR and Metaverse-related content material.

The inside of the possible Quest Pro protoype

Whereas it is arduous to say for certain, the lenses do not look like of the ridged Fresnel kind seen in earlier Quest fashions.

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The inside of the gadget seems to have a “halo” design, much like the PSVR and PlayStation VR2, which is able to droop the shows in entrance of the person’s eyes by distributing the load round their head, moderately than counting on a goggle-like mounting system that snugs the head-mounted show towards the person’s face and nostril, because the Quest 1 and Quest 2 did.

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The redesigned left controller of the possible Meta Quest Pro

The sunshine ring that Quest 2 controllers use to trace their orientation in house seems to have been changed with a extra strong design.

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Along with the drastically transformed headset, the included controllers additionally seem to have undergone an entire overhaul. The brand new design is barely extra compact, encompasses a completely different button structure, and does a greater job of hiding no matter LEDs or sensors Meta is utilizing this time round by skipping the Quest 1 and a couple of’s mild rings. 

The possible Quest Pro's left controller held in hand

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A brand new, angled, flat spot for the person’s thumb additionally seems to have been added, which I am personally trying ahead to testing out. I’ve by no means fairly discovered a snug spot for that digit to land with out by chance urgent a button on the Quest 2 controller.

The side of the possible Quest Pro controller prototype

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Lastly, a small indentation with what appears to be like like three metallic contacts could be seen on the facet of the controller. The pogo-pin-like connector may, if we let our imaginations run wild, play house to add-on equipment resembling new sensors or controller peripherals. Image, as an illustration, a two-handed gun inventory that would hook up with each controllers without delay for a real FPS-like expertise, or a fishing rod grip that included a built-in reel you can truly crank. Third-party accent makers have been making an attempt to create merchandise like this for years, however have been stymied by a scarcity of first-party help. Which may be about to alter. 

The possible Quest Pro prototype in its box

The headset in its packaging.

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With the obvious leaked prototype now presumably again in Meta’s arms, we’ll doubtless must proceed ready till October to get far more information. Within the meantime, it appears to be like like Fb’s new flagship headset will supply some intriguing adjustments and a slimmer profile when it lastly debuts.