We were not wowed by our first Meta Quest Pro experience

Enlarge / Out of the case and ready to demo.

Even virtual reality’s biggest boosters may hesitate at the idea of spending nearly $1,500 for the Meta Quest Pro without trying it first. Fortunately, a retail partnership means that people can try the upcoming Quest Pro at select Best Buy locations during weekend demos.

After checking out one of those demos, though, we came away largely unimpressed with our first impressions. Even if the Quest Pro’s new features end up justifying its massive price (and more time with a retail unit later this week should help answer that question fully), our retail demo did not put Meta’s best foot forward.

Where do I go?

Upon entering Best Buy in Columbia, Maryland, on Sunday, I didn’t find any signage suggesting that there was any special VR demo going on inside the store. Instead, I had to search the aisles until I found a lonely Quest display in an unloved back corner of the store, complete with a Quest 2 and Quest Pro under glass. Nearby, a demo staffer leaned on a counter playing with his phone next to a demo unit in a charging stand. When I approached, he said I was the first person all weekend who had expressed any interest in a demo (though one more came to see what it was about while I was in the headset).

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