Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has recently announced its latest product, the Meta Quest 3, a mixed reality headset that promises to deliver immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences. The Quest 3 is the successor of the popular Quest 2, which was launched in 2020 and sold over 10 million units worldwide. The Quest 3 features several enhancements and innovations that will make it the most powerful and versatile headset in the market. Here are five ways the Meta Quest 3 will (let developers) change the game of mixed reality gaming.
Higher resolution and performance
The Quest 3 boasts an enhanced 4K+ Infinite Display, which consists of two LCDs with pancake optics that deliver a stunning resolution of 2,064 x 2,208 pixels per eye. That’s a 30% increase in resolution compared to the previous model. The display also offers a wider field of view, about 15% more than the Quest 2. The Quest 3 is powered by the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 platform, which was developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. This chipset provides more than twice the graphical processing power and faster CPU performance than the Quest 2, enabling smoother gameplay and more detailed graphics. The Quest 3 also has more RAM and storage options, ranging from 128GB to 512GB.
Breakthrough Meta Reality technology
The Quest 3 features Meta Reality, a technology that allows users to seamlessly blend their physical and virtual worlds. Meta Reality uses high-fidelity color Passthrough, machine learning, and spatial understanding to intelligently recognize and respond to objects and environments in the real world. Users can interact with virtual content and the physical world simultaneously, creating limitless possibilities to explore. For example, users can play a virtual piano on their coffee table, decorate their living room with virtual art, or open a portal to another dimension right in their living room.
Meta Reality also enables users to navigate their physical space in natural and intuitive ways, such as using hand gestures, voice commands, or eye tracking.
Slimmer and more comfortable design
The Quest 3 has a sleeker and more comfortable design than the Quest 2, thanks to its 40% slimmer optic profile and more balanced weight distribution. The headset also features a soft adjustable strap that can fit different head sizes, hairstyles, and glasses. The Quest 3 also has improved audio quality, with 40% louder speakers and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The Quest 3 also comes with redesigned controllers that have better ergonomics, haptics, and battery life.
More content and compatibility
The Quest 3 will have access to a vast library of content, including games, apps, and experiences that are compatible with the Quest platform. Users can also enjoy PC VR games and apps via the Oculus Link cable or the Air Link wireless streaming feature. The Quest 3 will also support Meta Horizon, a social VR platform that allows users to create, explore, and connect with others in virtual worlds. Meta Horizon will also integrate with Meta Workrooms, a VR collaboration tool that enables users to work together in a virtual office. Additionally, the Quest 3 will be compatible with Meta’s upcoming Project Cambria, a high-end VR headset that will offer advanced features such as facial and body tracking.
Lower price and wider availability
The Quest 3 will be available for purchase starting October 10, 2023, in all countries where the Quest platform is currently supported. The Quest 3 will start at $499.99 USD for the 128GB variant, which is $100 cheaper than the Quest 2’s launch price. The Quest 3 will also offer a 512GB variant for $649.99 USD for those who want more storage space. Meta hopes that the lower price and wider availability of the Quest 3 will help more people access the magic of mixed reality and join the Metaverse, a collective virtual shared space that Meta envisions as the future of social interaction.