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We often get asked which device is ideal to use for patients to use our VirtReal VR platform. So, here’s some information and our recommendation. Recommend you to do your own research and treat this only as a guide.

Last updated: March 2024


Headset and related gear:

  • We recommend the MetaQuest 3 with 512GB. LINK
  • Elite Strap with Battery  LINK
  • Carry Case for protection LINK



The MetaQuest 3 from Meta is the latest, updated VR headset and has some really good improvements from it’s predecessor the MetaQuest 2. our engineering team recommends MetaQuest 3 due to the below features:

  • MetaQuest 3 is lighter than MetaQuest 2
  • MetaQuest 3 is about 30% better quality of experience than MetaQuest 2.
  • Our favourite is the camera system for safety on the MetaQuest 3.
  • Overall, MetaQuest 3 is smaller in size too and the elite strap comes with a battery option.
  • The carry case also is no doubt much lighter and compact.
  • Switches to camera mode with auto detection of boundary – a really nice safety feature
  • Easy to clean and keep sanitised



Does our VirtReal patient VR experience work on MetaQuest 2? 

Yes, it does. While our VirtReal VR application works on both MetaQuest 2 and MetaQuest 3,

So, here’s all the links:

Meta Quest 3, 512GB VR HEADSET $1,049 Amazon link to MetaQuest 3
Meta Quest 3 Elite Strap with Battery STRAP $219 Amazon AU link to MetaQuest 3 Elite Strap with Battery
Meta Quest 3 Carrying Case CARRY CASE $119 Amazon AU link to MetaQuest 3 – Carry Case for protection


Here are some more technical differences:

MetaQuest 3: Display resolution (per eye) : 2064 x 2208 | 1218 PPI | 25 PPD
MetaQuest 2 : 1832 x 1920 | 773 PPI | 20 PPD

MetaQuest 3: Refresh rate: 90 Hz/120 Hz
MetaQuest 2: 72 Hz, 80 Hz, 90 Hz, 120 Hz

A few other features on the MetaQuest 3:

  • FOV (degrees) : 90 horizontal and vertical
  • Optics: Fresnel lens, 3-position IAD adjust
  • Colour gamut : 100% of sRGB
  • Controller tracking : Hybrid using computer vision and machine learning tracking
  • Haptics  : TruTouch variable haptics
  • Pass-through fidelity Colour (4 MP, 18 PPD) whereas in the MetaQuest 2 the passthrough is Greyscale.


How to keep the headsets sanitised? 

It is recommended that you regularly sanitise the headset by using antibacterial as most of the regular antibacerials would work on the plastic parts within the headset. Just ensure you do not use the antibacterial on the camera or the lens for which you will need a lens spray cleaner.

We have also found a few products that can help such as using disposable face mask for VR such as this one [Link] that comes in packs of 200. Please look for similar or other products that can help with the regular sanitisation.

Safety is the first priority, so ensure that nothing is close to the patient while they are in ‘VR’ mode and using the headsets. The good thing about the headsets such as MetaQuest 3 is that you can pre-define the extent or the boundary in which the VR mode will work. If the movement is detected beyond this imaginary zone or boundary the VR headset switches to camera mode so the patient is able to see what is in around them from the camera on the headset. This is definitely a safety feature we love about the MetaQuest 3 as “Virtual Reality” can be quite immersive and safety is important.

Palliative Care VR – In trial at Nepean Hospital


Prices are as stated on Amazon AU. Recommend to do your own research for the most recent products and pricing as these can change from time to time. We only provide you this information as a guide. 


Need more info?

If you need help or more information about our Patient Virtual Reality program please get in touch here.

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