Mixed-Reality Headset Meta Quest 3 Officially Revealed to Launch This Fall
Meta Quest 3 is a mixed-reality wireless headset blending VR and AR using new Meta Reality technology to provide an immersive experience with the Direct Touch feature adding hand tracking support, allowing interaction with virtual objects without needing to use redesigned Touch Plus controllers. It’s set to launch this fall starting at $499.99 with double the graphics performance of the Quest 2, while the price of the latter has been lowered to $299.99.
Mark Zuckerberg has officially revealed the Meta Quest 3, and announced that it is set to launch sometime this fall.
Like its predecessors, the Meta Quest 3 is an all-in-one headset that you can enjoy using without having to connect it to PC, a phone or console. As you would expect, it comes with a higher res display and improved graphics performance thanks to the inclusion of a next-gen Snapdragon chipset which Meta claims to bring “twice” the GPU performance when compared with the Quest 2. This new headset is also set to be more comfortable to use due to having a 40% slimmer body than the previous edition, while the Touch Plus controllers boast a more “streamlined and ergonomic form factor.”
Unlike its predecessors, the new Quest is not yet another VR device, but is in fact a mixed-reality headset, which means that it means that combines VR and AR technologies into one headset, providing an immersive experience. For this device, this is achieved through the new “breakthrough” Meta Reality technology that blends the physical world with virtual objects using full-color passthrough that allows for natural depth perception. There’s even hand tracking included thanks to Direct Touch, making it possible to interact with objects even without using Touch Plus controllers.
The Quest 3 will support existing catalog of VR apps and games available for the Quest 2, with Meta teasing that they have “new VR and MR titles lined up for launch.”
This new wireless device is set to launch later this year with a starting price of $499.99 for a headset with 128GB of internal storage, with the official announcement stating that an “additional storage option” will be offered if you would like to have more space.
As a result of this upcoming release, the company has decided to lower the price of the Quest 2 to $299.99 for the 128GB version, while the one with 256GB has been lowered to $349.99.
For more details, you can check out Meta’s official article here.