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7 ways in which the Meta Quest 3 outperforms the Apple Vision Pro

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7 ways in which the Meta Quest 3 outperforms the Apple Vision Pro.

7 ways in which the Meta Quest 3 outperforms the Apple Vision Pro

The Apple Vision Pro, priced at $3,500, has garnered significant attention as Apple’s inaugural spatial computing device, seamlessly integrating augmented reality and virtual reality within a single headset. In my review of the Apple Vision Pro, I highlight its remarkable wearable computing capabilities, featuring an outstanding video passthrough experience and an incredibly user-friendly eye-tracking interface that outshines the Meta Quest 3. However, it’s worth noting that the Meta Quest 3 offers comparable features to the Vision Pro at a more affordable price.

In our Meta Quest 3 review, we explore why this $499 headset stands out as the top choice for most users in the VR/AR space. Following a recent update, the Meta Quest 3 has incorporated several Apple Vision Pro-like features, such as the ability to view spatial photos and videos, new finger pinch gestures, and improved support for game controllers. Here are seven ways in which the Meta Quest 3 surpasses the Apple Vision Pro.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that the Meta Quest 3 does not provide prescription lenses. It is important to note that prescription lenses are available, starting at $49 from Zenni and HonsVR.

Way, way cheaper

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It’s clear, but it’s worth reiterating: The Apple Vision Pro comes with a starting price of $3,499 for 256GB storage, escalating to $3,699 for 512GB and $3,899 for 1TB, and this is exclusive of any additional accessories. Optical Zeiss lenses, catering to both readers and prescriptions, incur an additional cost of $99 to $149. In comparison, the Meta Quest 3 provides a similar feature through third-party sellers. Furthermore, the accompanying carrying case for the Apple Vision Pro comes with a hefty price tag of $199.

On the flip side, the Meta Quest 3 kicks off at $499 for the 128GB storage variant, while the 512GB model is priced at $649. Additionally, until March 30th, the Quest 3 includes Asgard’s Wrath 2, a game valued at $59.99, as part of the package.

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On the flip side, the Meta Quest 3 kicks off at $499 for the 128GB storage variant, while the 512GB model is priced at $649. Additionally, until March 30th, the Quest 3 includes Asgard’s Wrath 2, a game valued at $59.99, as part of the package.

Lighter on your head

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The Meta Quest 3 registers at 1.1 pounds, whereas the Vision Pro ranges between 1.3 to 1.4 pounds, depending on the Light Seal and headband configuration. Although the weight disparity might not appear significant, it becomes palpable during extended wear.

After around 30 minutes, the Vision Pro tended to feel burdensome on my head and cheeks, unlike the Meta Quest 3, which I didn’t find as noticeable during use. While I appreciate the Vision Pro’s two band options and its ease of on-and-off compared to the Meta Quest 3 with Apple’s Solo Knit Band, for prolonged sessions, the Apple Dual Loop Band offers better support for the Vision Pro’s heft.

Larger FOV (field of view)

Upon the release of our Vision Pro review, a consistent query flooded our YouTube and TikTok channels: What is the field of view (FOV)? Although Apple doesn’t formally disclose this specification, a comparison through screenshots and screen recordings of both headsets reveals that the Meta Quest 3 offers a significantly taller view (110 degrees horizontal, 96 degrees vertical). This enhanced height not only contributes to a more immersive app experience but also provides increased peripheral vision, particularly beneficial for navigating obstacles during movement. The horizontal FOV remains roughly equal between the two headsets.

You don’t need a separate battery

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In all fairness, the Apple Vision Pro stands out as a more potent headset with its dual M2 and R1 chips. However, this power comes at the cost of the not-so-great responsibility of lugging around an external battery constantly tethered to the Vision. In contrast, the Meta Quest 3 incorporates its battery directly into the headset.

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The Meta Quest 3 provides a battery life ranging from 2 to 3 hours, depending on the task at hand, while the Vision Pro is rated for 2-2.5 hours.

You can use your hands or controllers

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The hand controls on the Vision Pro are impressively intuitive, and the feature of them working in your lap, courtesy of downward-facing cameras, is a notable advantage. However, there are instances where I find the precision of controllers preferable, particularly when engaging in gaming. The Meta Quest 3’s controllers, equipped with three buttons each, two thumbsticks, and two triggers, provide a satisfying level of control. Additionally, the visual confirmation of a virtual beam of light hitting the selected item enhances precision, whether you’re opening an app or typing on a virtual keyboard.

Moreover, the Meta Quest 3 goes beyond just controllers by offering hand tracking. This allows you to point, pinch to select, pinch and scroll, and more. The latest update introduces gestures like opening the universal menu with a pinch and release, while pinching and holding the headset view.

Where the Vision Pro wins and bottom line

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It’s crucial to emphasize that the Apple Vision Pro stands in a league of its own in certain aspects. For instance, it allows you to enjoy blockbuster 3D movies from Apple, Max, and Disney Plus. Moreover, the Vision Pro enables the capture of both spatial photos and videos, a feature absent in the Meta Quest 3, which merely displays them from your iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max.

Notably, the Meta Quest 3 lacks eye tracking, a feature present in the Vision Pro, making its hand tracking less intuitive. The video pass-through on the Meta Quest 3 is also lower in resolution, akin to looking through a screen door compared to Apple’s headset. While the Meta Quest 3 offers a beta remote desktop app for bringing your desktop into AR, it falls short of the versatility provided by Apple’s Mac integration. Nevertheless, it’s important to recognize that the Meta Quest 3 offers excellent value and continues to improve with each update.

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