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Meta Announces Quest 3 VR Headset Ahead of Apple Headset Debut [Video]

Meta Announces Quest 3 VR Headset Ahead of Apple Headset Debut [Video]

Posted June 1, 2023 at 2:43pm by iClarified
Meta has announced a new Quest 3 VR headset just days before Apple is expected to unveil its own mixed reality headset.

Mark Zuckerberg introduced the headset on Instagram this morning...

Introducing Meta Quest 3. The first mainstream headset with high-res color mixed reality. 40% thinner and more comfortable. Better displays and resolution. Next gen Qualcomm chipset with 2x the graphics performance. Our most powerful headset yet. Coming this fall.


The headset features higher resolution, stronger performance, 'breakthrough Meta Reality technology', and a slimmer, more comfortable form factor.

Meta Announces Quest 3 VR Headset Ahead of Apple Headset Debut [Video]

Here's a look at Quest 3's features as shared by Meta...

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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.


Meta Announces Quest 3 VR Headset Ahead of Apple Headset Debut [Video]

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.

Meta Announces Quest 3 VR Headset Ahead of Apple Headset Debut [Video]

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.
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Meta Announces Quest 3 VR Headset Ahead of Apple Headset Debut [Video]

Quest 3 will ship in all countries where Meta Quest is currently supported this fall. The 128GB headset starts at $499.99 USD, and an additional storage option will be available.

Meta has also announced lower prices for the Quest 2. Starting June 4, the price of the Quest 2 headset will be dropped to $299.99 USD for the 128GB SKU and $349.99 USD for the 256GB SKU.

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