I bought a Vive Pro 2 with Index controllers as a premium upgrade over my Quest 2. To say I was disappointed is an understatement. The screens are nice and the colours are great but the lenses are terrible compared to the Quest 2.
I have a high-end setup with a 10850k, 32GB ram and a 3090 GPU. I was able to run the Vive Pro 2 on both extreme and ultra settings but despite the high resolution screens the clarity isn’t noticeably better than the Quest 2, due to lens glare and blurring, it’s like the headset is smeared with grease.
Also, I didn’t realise just how much the Quest 2 and link has improved in recent months.
I played Half Life Alyx and compared between both headsets. I had previously played and completed Alyx on my older Rift S so this was the first time I’d played on my Quest 2 since getting my new PC.
For all the talk in reviews about how good the Vive Pro 2 was for being able to clearly read the back of drinks cans in that games, the Quest 2 easily matches it.
I run it at its correct render resolution 5408 x 2736 corrected for barrell distortion and I can see every detail just as detailed as the Pro 2. I couldn’t believe how good it looked!
The Quest 2 lenses are far better as well with a great sweet spot, edge to edge clarity and no glare so the overall image I actually preferred on the Quest 2.
It’s also worth mentioning that the Vive Pro 2 headset gets extremely hot, so much so that after an hour I had to take it off as it was burning my forehead.
I’m returning it tomorrow. I was going to buy a G2 but honestly the Quest 2 is so good running at 5408 x 2736 with a encode bit rate of 450 on my 3090 that I don’t need any extra clarity.
One tip. I am using VRCovers new minimal facial interface with the Quest 2 now. It’s the slimmest cover they have ever done that allows you to get exceptionally close to the lenses.
The vertical FOV is better than the Vive Pro 2 and the horizontal is about 10 degrees less. Because the shape is more oval and less rectangular than then Vive Pro 2 to my eyes it feels more natural.
I’m so disappointed with the Vive Pro 2. I was hoping for a spectacular upgrade over the Quest # but after using for a week I would choose the Quest 2 over it even if they were both the same price.