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Meta Quest 3 Announced, Launches Later This Year for $499

Meta Quest 3 Announced, Launches Later This Year for $499 - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 01 June 2023 / 2,318 Views

Meta has announced the Meta Quest 3, which will launch later this year for $499 for the 128 GB model.

The price of the Meta Quest 2 will drop on June 4 to $299 for the 128 GB model and $349.99 for the 256 GB model.

View the announcement trailer below:

Read details on the Meta Quest 3 below:

Our Most Powerful Headset Yet

Quest 3 combines our highest resolution display and pancake optics to make content look better than ever. To power those extra pixels, this will be the first headset to feature a next-generation Snapdragon chipset developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. That next-gen Snapdragon chipset delivers more than twice the graphical performance as the previous generation Snapdragon GPU in Quest 2 — meaning you’ll get smoother performance and incredibly crisp details in immersive games

Immersive VR + Breakthrough Meta Reality in a Single Device

On Quest 3, our best-in-class Meta Reality technology lets you seamlessly blend your physical world with the virtual one. These new experiences go beyond today’s mixed reality by intelligently understanding and responding to objects in your physical space and allowing you to navigate that space in natural, intuitive ways that were nearly impossible before. High-fidelity color Passthrough, innovative machine learning, and spatial understanding let you interact with virtual content and the physical world simultaneously, creating limitless possibilities to explore. Now you can play a virtual board game on your kitchen table with Demeo, decorate your living room with virtual art courtesy of Painting VR, or dive into a fully immersive world to do things that are simply not possible otherwise. 

Quest 3 makes Meta Reality available to even more people and at a lower price point, making it our first mass-market offering to deliver both cutting-edge VR and MR experiences in a single device, setting a new benchmark for future headsets.

Redesigned for Comfort + Control

With a 40% slimmer optic profile compared to Quest 2, Quest 3 is a sleeker, more comfortable headset. We also completely redesigned Quest 3’s Touch Plus controllers with a more streamlined and ergonomic form factor. Thanks to our advances in tracking technology, we’ve dropped the outer tracking rings so the controllers feel like a more natural extension of your hands and take up less space. We also included TruTouch haptics that first debuted in Touch Pro to help you feel the action like never before. You can even upgrade to our fully self-tracked Meta Quest Touch Pro Controllers for a premium experience. And hand tracking will be supported out of the box, so you can explore without controllers, thanks to Direct Touch that lets you use just your hands to interact with virtual objects.

World’s Best Library of Immersive Content

Quest 3 is compatible with the Quest 2 catalog of over 500 VR games, apps, and experiences (and counting), and we’ve got even more exciting new VR and MR titles lined up for launch. That means Quest 3 will have the world’s best library of immersive experiences on day one. Be sure to tune in to today’s Meta Quest Gaming Showcase for a rundown of new games and updates coming to the Quest Platform — plus a sneak peek at Quest 3’s AAA flagship adventure.

Quest 2 Gets New Lower Prices, Plus a Performance Upgrade

We’re excited for Quest 3 and look forward to sharing more later this year at Connect. But what about Quest 2?

Meta Quest 2 changed the face of VR when it first hit the scene in 2020, ushering in a new era of gaming, fitness, and more. It’s already one of the most affordable ways to get into VR — and it’s about to get even better. Starting June 4, we’re lowering the price of Quest 2 to $299.99 USD for the 128GB SKU and $349.99 USD for the 256GB SKU, helping even more people access the magic of all-in-one VR and our vast content library.

But that’s not all! In an upcoming software update, we’re updating the Quest 2 and Quest Pro GPU and CPU. Quest 2 and Pro will see an up-to 26% CPU performance increase with an up-to 19% GPU speed increase for Quest 2 and 11% for Quest Pro. As developers take advantage of these changes, you can expect smoother gameplay, a more responsive UI, and richer content on both headsets. And we’re enabling Dynamic Resolution Scaling for both Quest 2 and Quest Pro, so games and apps can take advantage of increased pixel density without dropping frames.

While Quest 3 sets a new standard for mixed reality, immersive gaming, and what a mainstream VR headset can be, Quest 2 remains our most affordable entry point to VR and Pro is optimized for work use cases, with face and eye tracking for more authentic self-expression in meetings. We’ll continue to sell Quest 2 and Pro alongside Quest 3, as well as continue shipping new software updates to make the Quest experience even better.

From games, to fitness apps, professional collaboration tools and more, Quest has something for everyone. And we can’t wait to welcome even more people to the Meta Quest community.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012 and taking over the hardware estimates in 2017. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel. You can contact the author on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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Azzanation (on 01 June 2023)

Id buy one day one. Quest 2 is still amazing. Q2 is also getting an update to run its CPU and GPU even better.

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KLAMarine (on 01 June 2023)

This device stand-alone?

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AJNShelton KLAMarine (on 01 June 2023)

Apparently, and I frankly don't understand how it works

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The Fury AJNShelton (on 01 June 2023)

I'd guess the Quest line has cheaper parts, processors and stuff built in, but it does baffle me that nearly all other VR headsets are 400-1k in price and still need a device to run the games. Quest do have a 'Pro' stand alone unit, which is £1k, so comparable to buying a PS5 and VR2 together.

But Quest 2 (and now 3) is just more accessible for those that just want VR gaming.

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AJNShelton The Fury (on 01 June 2023)

And I had a look to the gales available, they seem very neat

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Azzanation AJNShelton (on 01 June 2023)

It means it has internal hardware, doesnt rely on a PC or Console to operate..
Was that your question?

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AJNShelton Azzanation (on 02 June 2023)

How a single headset can provide such great experience while others have to rely on very powerful pcs and consoles (PS5) ?

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Azzanation AJNShelton (on 02 June 2023)

It's crazy to think that the Quest series is Cheaper, can also run off native hardware and also on its own hardware and is completely wireless. Clear signs as to why the Quest VR units are the best selling. They offer the best experience and are the most versatile. I completed Half Life Alyx from start to finish on the Quest 2 and it blew my mind.

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LurkerJ (on 01 June 2023)

Oppo and Apple announcing their headsets soon. A lot of hardware investments but not enough console sellers.

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