Meta’s new Quest Pro headset features Touch Pro controllers that come with plenty of upgrades, and they’ll also work with Quest 2.
Meta says Quest Pro and Quest 2 will co-exist as high-end and entry-level headset lines, and there’s perhaps no clearer proof of that than the fact that the company has taken the time to make its new Touch Pro controllers compatible with both headsets. .
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Touch Pro controllers remove the tracking ring found on all Touch controllers to date. This time around, they’re using three on-board cameras to do their own inside-out tracking.
Not only does this make controllers more compact, it also means they don’t need to have line-of-sight on the headset to maintain tracking. This means they should work just fine even when your hands are above your head, by your side, or behind you. And I’m sure someone will try to tie them to their feet.
Touch Pro controllers also include two new, never-before-seen features: a pressure sensor for pinching and a pressure-sensitive pen tip.
The pinch sensor sits on the thumb rest of the controller, allowing users to squeeze the controller between their index finger and thumb for a natural pinch gesture. Thanks to its pressure sensitivity, this allows for a bit more nuanced input compared to controller buttons and triggers.
The pen tip, which is included with the controllers but can be freely detached, allows the controller to be used as a bulbous whiteboard marker with pressure sensitivity so it can understand how hard you push when drawing against physical surfaces.
Touch Pro also includes improved haptics with stronger and more precise haptic motors inside, and they’re rechargeable.
But Quest 2 users shouldn’t be afraid… all of Touch Pro’s improvements are right at your fingertips. Meta says the Touch Pro controllers are fully compatible with Quest 2, and the company plans to sell them as a standalone accessory for $300 for a pair. A firm release date for the Touch Pro controllers has yet to be set, but the company says they will be available for standalone purchase “later this year.”