There’s finally a new competitor in the standalone VR headset market: This Thursday, Meta revealed the Meta Quest 3, along with a bunch of games that will accompany it.
On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg announced the Meta Quest 3, the company’s new next-generation virtual and mixed reality headset. The Quest 3 will be released this fall and will have higher resolution, more powerful performance, Meta Reality technology and a slimmer and more comfortable design. The starting price of the 128GB viewer is $499.99 USD, with an additional storage option available for a higher price.
The Quest 3 is a standalone viewfinder with a battery, so it doesn’t need to be connected to anything to be used. It combines a high-resolution display (2064 x 2208 per eye and 120Hz) and improved optics to improve the visual quality of the content. It uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset to deliver more than twice the graphics performance of the previous generation Snapdragon GPU. It also incorporates Meta Reality technology, which allows the physical world to be intelligently merged with the virtual one. This happens thanks to the addition of cameras on the outside of the helmet.
The Quest 3 offers Meta Reality at a more affordable price, compared to the Meta Quest Pro viewer. With an optical profile 40% thinner than the Quest 2, the Quest 3 features an elegant and comfortable design. The Touch Plus controllers have also been redesigned to provide a more ergonomic and efficient way. In addition, manual hand tracking and TruTouch haptic feedback were also improved, to offer a more immersive experience.
Finally, it was revealed that the Meta Quest 3 is compatible with the Quest 2’s catalog of more than 500 VR games and applications. In fact, a bunch of games that will come with it were revealed, which you can check out on the Meta Quest YouTube channel. In addition, a new Meta Connect event was announced for this September 27th.
On the other hand, a price reduction was also revealed for the Quest 2, making it a more accessible option for virtual reality, as it will now only cost $300 USD instead of $400 USD. In addition, a software update will be made to improve the performance of Quest 2 and Quest Pro, with an increase in CPU and GPU performance. The Quest 2 and Pro will remain available alongside the Quest 3, and software updates will continue to be released to improve the experience on all models.
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