Meta Oculus Quest 3: Price & specifications speculation

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Meta Quest 3 has been unveiled. We bring everything that you need to know, including price, availability., specification, features, and more.

Meta’s Quest 3 has been announced and this mixed reality (MR) headset takes on Apple’s Vision Pro MR headset.

While the two upcoming headsets have sent the market into a frenzy, they’re not yet available for purchase.

The Meta Quest 3 is an affordable MR headset that looks to benefit from the legacy of Quest 2, which is now selling at its cheapest price ever.

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More patience is required if you’re looking to step into the metaverse and are on the edge of your seat for the full lowdown on the Quest 3’s capabilities.

All we know for now? It’s set to outpace the Quest 2 in terms of raw power and will rock a specialized Android version.

Meta Oculus Quest 3 release date

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The Meta Quest 3 will be released in Fall 2023, according to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg. We’re expecting that the company will choose to launch the Quest 3 in October or November, coming in before the holiday season really kicks off. Meta Connect was held in October last year, but this time will be held on September 27.

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Meta Oculus Quest 3 price

We believe that the Meta Quest 3 will retail for $499. This would mark a $100 price increase when compared to the current Quest 2 price, and we think that this still stays competitive and accessible for those wanting to get into VR.

Meta Oculus Quest 3 specifications leak

HeadsetMeta Quest 3
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2
Resolution (Per-eye)2064 × 2208
Display typeLCD
Refresh rate120Hz
Field of viewUnknown
FeaturesHand tracking, PC compatibility, voice commands, wireless, Mixed reality

Originally codenamed “Stinson”, the Meta Quest 3 has been leaked quite extensively, and it’ll feature a slightly different setup to previous headsets. Brad Lynch, VR analyst stated that the Quest 3 will sport an LCD screen, with a per-eye resolution of 2064 x 2208.

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This is slightly higher than the original Quest 2, and the display will also come with a 120Hz refresh rate right out of the box. The Quest 2 does have an experimental 120Hz mode, but to have it baked right into the headset is a welcome addition. Currently, things like the FOV of the headset are currently unknown.

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The Quest 3 will be 40% smaller than the Quest 2 regardless of the hardware being embedded within it.

Much like the PSVR2, the Quest 3 will also feature a dial to switch up your interpupillary distance, which is a boon. Additionally, it appears as though the Quest 3 will also be using “Pancake” lenses. This should allow for the headset to be slightly slimmer, and help distribute the weight of the headset much better than older, more outdated Fresnel lenses that we’ve seen on older devices. The PSVR2 uses Fresnel Lenses, though we much prefer the Pancake options on the Quest Pro.

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The leaked CAD designs of the Meta Quest 3 also showcases the headset may not feature things like eye-tracking or face-tracking. This is slightly disappointing as it means that foveated rendering may be off of the table. But, it’s also a cost-saving measure, as Meta would have to install more cameras onto the device, should they want to integrate that technology.

XR2 Gen 2 or XR3?

According to Brad Lynch, the Meta Quest 3 will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2. The chip will reportedly be using an Adreno 730 GPU, with 2.4 teraflops of power. This is based on the Snapdragon 8 Gen 2, which is also featured in the Samsung Galaxy S23. This is a significant increase on the Quest 2’s limitation of 1.2 teraflops, and even the Quest Pro’s 1.8 teraflops of power. Named “Project Haliday” the XR2 Gen 2 will also have a huge impact on the Quest 3’s visual fidelity.

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You should also expect a bump in RAM, with this chip seemingly making use of LPDDR5. We still do not know how much RAM the headset will have in it, nor the storage configurations that the Quest 3 may ship with.

The boost in GPU power may also help out with the AR functionality of the device, enhancing augmented and mixed-reality applications and products.

Is it worth waiting for the Meta Quest 3?

The Meta Quest 3 is shaping up to be a behemoth of a consumer VR headset. While it may lack some of the nicer trimmings, such as foveated rendering and eye-tracking. The Pancake lenses, in addition to the boost in visual fidelity, should allow for some of the best wireless VR experiences around. All we have to do now is to wait for Meta to officially announce the headset.

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The Quest 2 is now several years old, and while it’s still a great headset in its own right, it’s getting a little bit long in the tooth. Should the rumors and leaks we have heard about the headset come true, then it’s definitely worth waiting for the next iteration of Meta’s popular line of VR headsets.

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