Meta has announced its new VR headset, the Meta Quest 3, which is set to be more affordable than its predecessor. The Quest 3 features a slimmer profile and comes with several impressive specs, including two 90Hz LCD displays, 8GB RAM, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor. It also has full-color passthrough, allowing virtual elements to be placed in the user’s physical space. The new Touch Plus controllers offer enhanced immersion with haptic feedback functionality. The Quest 3 is fully backwards-compatible with Quest 2 apps and will have over 100 upgraded experiences available by the end of 2023.
In the increasingly popular trend of mixed-reality applications, the Quest 3 stands out as it blends both VR and AR capabilities. Its full-color passthrough can be utilized not only to see the real world but also to incorporate virtual elements into the user’s surroundings. The headset’s Snapdragon XR2 chipset enables higher fidelity visuals compared to the Quest 2, making it a versatile device for various experiences. With its extensive library of apps and compatibility with Quest 2 apps, the Quest 3 has the potential to make a significant impact in the consumer VR market. It offers a more affordable option for consumers compared to its closest competitor, the PlayStation VR2.
The Meta Quest 3 is priced at $499 for the 128GB model and $649.99 for the 512GB model. Pre-orders for the headset will begin on September 27, with shipping starting on October 10. With its attractive price point and advanced features, the Quest 3 aims to bring a new level of immersive VR experiences to a wider audience.