With the introduction of the Apple Vision Pro, all eyes have turned to other top headsets in the VR space. How can rival brands like HTC, Valve, and Meta compete with Apple’s new headset? The answer is in the upcoming releases from each brand. Meta Quest 3 is the third installment in Reality Labs’s flagship line of VR headsets.
5 Facts About the Meta Quest 3
- The Meta Quest 3’s physical redesign makes it 40% slimmer than the Meta Quest 2. Also new to the design: three oval camera sensors on the front and a revamped head strap around the back.
- This next-gen virtual reality headset features a brand-new Snapdragon chipset for enhanced virtual and mixed reality capabilities. Meta claims the new system-on-a-chip doubles the performance capabilities of the Meta Quest 2.
- Meta Quest 3 features High-Fidelity Color Passthrough. This means users can see real-world colors around them instead of the traditional monochrome display of past headsets.
- New, more ergonomic Touch Plus controllers will be included in the box alongside the Quest 3. Equipped with new TruTouch haptics for live controller feedback, these redesigned Touch Plus controllers help Meta better compete with rival VR controllers from Sony.
- The Meta Quest 3 has strategically hit shelves before Apple Vision Pro’s release in early 2024. This is a huge competitive advantage for Reality Labs.
Meta Quest 3 Specs
|Virtual reality headset
|Also Known As
|Oculus Quest 3
|Reality Labs (the business and research unit of Meta Platforms)
|System on a Chip
|Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2
|Meta Quest 2
Meta Quest 3: Where to Buy
With a much more affordable price tag than the Apple Vision Pro, where can you buy a Meta Quest 3? Reality Labs’ latest virtual reality headset is set at $499. That’s $200 more than the Meta Quest 2’s introductory price of $299. Moreover, it’s a whole $3,000 cheaper than the Vision Pro. As you’ll soon see, this price increase is not for nothing. The higher cost represents a massive overhaul of the Quest’s internal and external specs. More on that later.
- Original price
- Units Sold
Like the Meta Quest 2, the Meta Quest 3 is available at major retailers, including Amazon. It is also available at Target, GameStop, Verizon, and other retailers that sell the Meta Quest 2. If you’re looking to save a few bucks, it’s important to note that Meta reduced the price of the Quest 2 ahead of the Quest 3’s release.
History of the Meta Quest 3: What to Know
Three years have lapsed since the last major release. Reality Labs has spent the last few years improving the Quest 2, which improved over the original Oculus Quest from 2019. The upcoming Quest 3 will be the third installment in the series. It appears to be the best of the trilogy, too.
Mark Zuckerberg first teased the Meta Quest 3 in an Instagram video. This was our first official glimpse of the Quest 3. The teaser gave us a first look at the headset’s redesigned exterior, head strap, and improved controllers. It also told us the price and gave us an idea of when to expect an official release. The teaser revealed additional details about the new Snapdragon chipset and the Quest 3’s storage space.
The tech industry is no stranger to leaks. These leaks typically result from how tech companies recruit contractors and developers to create their latest products. The more eyes on an exciting release behind the scenes, the higher the likelihood of leaks. The Meta Quest 3 was no exception. Leaks from September 2022 and February 2023 gave fans a glimpse of some possible stats for Quest 3. Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram teaser confirmed the legitimacy of the leaks.
Meta Quest 3: Each Edition
Meta Quest and Meta Quest 2 are the immediate precursors to Quest 3. Reality Labs designed these two headsets to provide the public with a VR experience that was both wireless and accessible. Both have a range of VR games, apps, and experiences available for download through the Meta Store. Likewise, both offer an all-in-one VR solution with an easy setup and engaging, innovative experiences. What else is worth knowing about these two pioneering headsets before the Quest 3?
The Meta Quest launched in 2019. Initially marketed as a standalone VR headset, this meant it didn’t require a powerful computer or external sensors to work. Meta priced the tech at $399 and originally called it “Oculus Quest” before rebranding the product line in 2022. The VR headset had built-in cameras and sensors that tracked the user’s movements. This innovative technology allowed users to physically move around a virtual environment in sync with their real-life movements. The Meta Quest also had a high-resolution display and came with handheld controllers.
Meta Quest 2
The Meta Quest 2 arrived a year later, in October 2020. This second edition was a step up from the original product. Quest 2’s came with a more powerful processor, a much better display resolution, and an enhanced ergonomic feel over its predecessor. Its head strap was comfortable head strap design and the controller easy-to-grip. Overall, Quest 2 delivered a more immersive and enjoyable VR experience than the Meta Quest.
The Public Response
Public opinions on the Meta Quest 3 are difficult to gauge. For now, the public relies on what they’ve seen from Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram teaser and the press surrounding the tease. Not many are happy about the $200 price hike from Quest 2 to Quest 3. Meta’s affordable product line has long been one of the company’s greatest claims to fame. Even with the costly Apple Vision Pro, the Meta Quest 3’s $499 price tag is nonetheless disappointing.
After three years of anticipatory hype surrounding the Meta Quest 3, this price increase hurts. Beyond this downside, some excitement about the sleek new physical redesign is unmissable. The new pill-shaped ovals on the headset’s front are not exactly discreet. However, the design does give the device a unique appearance. The same goes for the controllers, which look much more capable of holding their own than past iterations. Needless to say, the public is looking forward to getting hands-on with the Quest 3.
Of course, Meta faces the formidable challenge of public reception in the face of VR naysayers. It certainly looks like Meta is phasing out the so-called “Metaverse,” which raises questions about how much longer Meta will continue experimenting with VR before throwing in the towel. If the public response to the Quest 3 fails to meet internal expectations at Meta, could it mean another fatal blow for their already hemorrhaging (and hugely expensive) VR experiment? Only time will tell.
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