While Meta has in recent months made more headlines with its controversial cutbacks to its talented workforce, the social media giant has made no bones about its intentions to be the company users associate with the metaverse.
Part of the quest is providing users with advanced hardware and software to experience the metaverse in all of its surrealism, including its flagship Quest Pro VR headset.
The Quest Pro VR headset, perhaps befitting a $1,500 device, is a tour de force as far as technology, with features such as high-resolution sensors, next-generation pancake optics, and advanced LCD displays. But perhaps not surprisingly, the headset is a very complex device that is not intended for the user to easily take apart and repair, according to this iFixit video.
The video notes that the Quest Pro VR headset has no less than 146 screwsꟷfortunately most of them of the Philips head varietyꟷand numerous wires and cables. The iFixit reviewer encountered its shares of plastic covers, adhesive, a curved battery that conforms to the headset shape, and even a Meta sticker that warns users not to tamper with the headset.
The reviewer said it took nearly two hours to reach to the headset’s mainboard, gaining access only after yanking out the plastic support, which turned out to be the correct method. He also noted the heavy use of plastic in an expensive device, including the lenses.
In conclusion, the Quest Pro VR headset is a fascinating but largely unfixable device.
Should you still entertain thoughts about taking apart the Quest Pro VR headset, view the video below.
Spencer Chin is a Senior Editor for Design News covering the electronics beat. He has many years of experience covering developments in components, semiconductors, subsystems, power, and other facets of electronics from both a business/supply-chain and technology perspective. He can be reached at [email protected]