Meta Platforms, led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has finally unveiled its highly anticipated VR headset, the Quest 3. Just hours before the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, Zuckerberg took to Instagram to reveal the cutting-edge mixed reality device.
In a blog post, Meta provided exciting details about the Quest 3, highlighting its sleek and slim design, which is 40% thinner than its predecessor. With color mixed reality capabilities, blending augmented and virtual reality elements seamlessly, the Quest 3 promises an unmatched level of immersion.
Equipped with a new Qualcomm chipset, the Quest 3 offers double the graphics performance, delivering stunning visual quality. The device will be available in the fall, starting at $499.99 for the 128GB storage option, with additional storage configurations available. Meta has also teased that more information will be unveiled during its VR conference in September.
Existing users can rejoice as the Quest 3 ensures compatibility with Quest 2 games, enabling a seamless transition. To stay up-to-date with the latest Quest 3 news, interested individuals can sign up for updates. Additionally, Meta has plans to enhance the performance of Quest 2 and Quest Pro through an upcoming software update, bringing improved CPU and GPU performance along with Dynamic Resolution Scaling.
In a move to make VR more accessible, Meta has also announced a price reduction for the Quest 2. Enthusiasts can now enjoy the 128GB version for $299.99, a $100 decrease, while the 256GB version is available for $349.99.
During the Q3 2022 earnings announcement, Meta revealed its plans to release the Quest 3, anticipating an increase in cost of revenue. This rise can be attributed, in part, to the expenses associated with Reality Labs hardware, specifically in preparation for the launch of the next iteration of the consumer-focused Quest headset.
Interestingly, Meta's announcement of the Quest 3 came just days before Apple's WWDC23, where the tech giant is expected to unveil its long-awaited mixed-reality headset. The competition between Meta and Apple in the VR space is heating up, promising a thrilling future for virtual reality enthusiasts.