Meta is working with LG to develop a mixed reality headset to compete with Apple’s Vision Pro

Apple’s Vision Pro mixed reality headset was unveiled at June’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) to challenge leading VR maker Meta. The Mark Zuckerberg-led company now appears to be gearing up to compete with the Apple Vision Pro headset. Meta is reportedly partnering with LG to launch a new mixed reality headset. The upcoming headset could launch in 2025 as a successor to Meta’s high-end Quest Pro virtual reality headset. The price of the completed headset is expected to be around US$2,000 (approximately Rs 1,65,900). As spotted by UploadVR, the Mainichi Keizai Shimbun reports that Meta is working with LG to develop future versions of its Quest Pro headset. LG Electronics will reportedly take over production of future Quest Pro headsets. It may use display components from LG Display, with LG Energy reportedly supplying batteries and other components along with LG Innotek. The name of the high-end headset will reportedly be “Meta Quest 4 Pro”.

Meta’s first LG-collaborated headset model is set to officially launch in 2025 and could cost around $2,000. The social media company’s flagship VR headset, the Meta Quest Pro, is currently listed for $999.99 (approximately Rs 82,000) compared to its initial listing price of $1,499.99.

In addition to the rumored Meta Quest 4 Pro, Facebook owners are reportedly planning to launch a low-end Quest headset in 2024. The price is expected to be under $200 (approximately Rs 16,000). Launched in 2020, the Oculus Quest 2 VR headset is currently priced at $299.99 (approximately Rs 24,600).

Meta has worked with several consumer electronics companies to bring several headsets to market. Oculus Go was launched as a joint venture between Meta and Xiaomi. Oculus Rift S is manufactured and co-designed by Lenovo.

Meta will be comparing the upcoming high-end Quest Pro virtual reality headset with the latest Apple Vision Pro headset. The latter was announced during Apple’s WWDC event in June. It will be priced at US$3,499 (approximately Rs 2,88,500) and will be available in the US in 2024. It runs on visionOS and features two high resolution micro OLED displays. It’s powered by Apple’s M2 and newer R1 chipsets.