Meta has announced the launch of its next-generation virtual and mixed reality headset, the Meta Quest 3. The announcement comes just days before Apple's expected reveal of its own VR headset.
Quest 3: A Leap in Virtual Reality Technology
The Quest 3, described as the “supercharged all-in-one headset you've been waiting for” is set to feature higher resolution, stronger performance, breakthrough Meta Reality technology, and a slimmer, more comfortable form factor. The new headset will start at $499, a significant increase from the Quest 2's starting price of $299.
“Quest 3 combines our highest resolution display and pancake optics to make content look better than ever”, the official announcement from Meta reads. “To power those extra pixels, this will be the first headset to feature a next-generation Snapdragon chipset developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies”, the company says.
High-Res Color Mixed Reality and Improved Depth Perception
The Quest 3 is the first announced headset with “high-res color mixed reality” according to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The headset is 40% thinner than its predecessor, the Quest 2, and appears to have at least three cameras on the front that may enhance the pass-through experiences, where a user can see the real world around them while wearing the headset and interacting with apps.
“High-fidelity color Passthrough, innovative machine learning, and spatial understanding let you interact with virtual content and the physical world simultaneously, creating limitless possibilities to explore” Meta said in its announcement.
A More Comfortable and Powerful Experience
The Quest 3 is designed with a 40% slimmer optic profile compared to the Quest 2, making it a sleeker, more comfortable headset. The Touch Plus controllers have been completely redesigned with a more streamlined and ergonomic form factor.
With a 40% slimmer optic profile compared to Quest 2, Quest 3 is a sleeker, more comfortable headset. They also completely redesigned Quest 3's Touch Plus controllers with a more streamlined and ergonomic form factor.
Lower Prices for Quest 2 and Performance Upgrade
In addition to the announcement of the Quest 3, Meta also revealed that it will lower the price of the Quest 2 back down to $299 beginning June 4. An upcoming software update will also see an up-to 26% CPU performance increase with an up-to 19% GPU speed increase for Quest 2 and 11% for Quest Pro.
“While Quest 3 sets a new standard for mixed reality, immersive gaming, and what a mainstream VR headset can be, Quest 2 remains our most affordable entry point to VR and Pro is optimized for work use cases, with face and eye tracking for more authentic self-expression in meetings”, Meta points out.
The Quest 3 will ship with a next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset and is expected to provide more details on Sept. 27 during its Connect conference. The headset will be available in all countries where Meta Quest is currently supported this fall.
Apple's Mixed Reality Headset to Feature 5000-Nits Brightness Micro-OLED Displays
Apple's long-rumored mixed reality headset is reportedly nearing completion, and new details have emerged about its display. According to insiders, the headset will feature twin 1.41-inch Micro-OLED displays with a resolution of 3,600 x 1,920 pixels per eye. This would make the displays significantly higher resolution than those found in any other VR headset on the market.