Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg slammed Apple’s Vision Pro headset over the weekend, saying the social networking company’s Quest 3 was the superior product. Meta’s co-founder and CEO responded to a Threads post by an analyst who claimed Vision Pro was up to five years ahead of Meta’s offering. This is the second time Zuckerberg has criticized Apple’s first mixed reality headset, which is priced at $3,499 (roughly Rs. 2.89 lakh) — the Quest 3 costs $499 (roughly Rs. 41,300).

Analyst Benedict Evans stated in a Threads post that Apple’s Vision Pro is “pretty much the device Meta wants to get to in 3-5 years,” adding that he’s “really confused” by Meta’s VR engineers who claim the headset is “basically the same thing” as the Quest 3. Evans also said that the Apple Vision Pro is the device that Meta would like to sell in 3-5 years, while Apple would like to sell its devices at the same price as the Quest 3 in the same period of time.

Zuckerberg responded to the analyst’s post, saying the Quest 3 is better than the Vision Pro. “If our devices weigh as much as theirs in 3-5 years, or have the motion blur that theirs have, or the lack of precision inputs, etc., then that means we will have regressed significantly,” the executive said of Meta, adding that Apple had to make a lot of compromises to provide a higher resolution than the Quest 3.

Evans later suggested that the Vision Pro’s higher resolution could help the company offer more than just a gaming device, while Zuckerberg answered stating that three of the top seven apps for Quest 3 – Horizon, VR Chat and Rec Room – are social apps. He also said the Quest’s resolution is “pretty good, too,” adding that the higher resolution shouldn’t come at the expense of ergonomics and motion blur.

Both the Meta Quest 3 and the Apple Vision Pro are equipped with pancake lenses — the Quest 3 has LCD displays with a resolution of 2064×2208 pixels and a 120Hz refresh rate, while the Vision Pro has a resolution of 2160×3840 pixels with a total of 23 million pixels, according to Apple. The latter also offers hand and eye tracking, while the Meta headset offers hand tracking and the company’s Touch Plus controllers. Quest 3 and Vision Pro weigh 513g and up to 650g respectively.

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