Meta has furthered its virtual reality/augmented reality plans with the launch of the next-gen Quets 3 mixed reality headset. This has been long-rumored and comes just days before Apple’s much-rumored launch of its mixed reality headset at WWDC 2023, which could be Meta’s way of stealing some of Apple’s limelight! Find out more below.
Meta Quest 3: Specs and Features
The Meta Quest 3 is expected to offer a significant leap in performance as compared to the Quest 2. It offers a higher resolution display and will be powered by a “next-gen Snapdragon chipset” to deliver “twice the graphical performance” as compared to the Quest 2. The headset also supports full-color passthrough. This means that the Quest 3 is capable of utilizing high-resolution color mixed-reality scenarios. Mark Zuckerberg said that the Quest 3 is “the first mainstream headset with high-res color mixed reality.”
The overall form factor of the headset has been trimmed down as well. It is now much more comfortable to wear with a “40% slimmer optic profile.” The Touch Plus controllers have been redesigned to deliver a maximum immersive and seamless experience. Also, these have totally ditched the outer tracking rings. Meta claims that the controllers now feel “like a more natural extension of your hands.”
Meta is also bringing the TruTouch haptics to the Touch Plus controllers. It first debuted with the Touch Pro. Additionally, the Quest 3 supports the Touch Pro controllers as well. You will have to purchase them separately. Hand motion tracking is supported out of the box.
The Quest 3 will have access to the entire catalog of over 500 Quest 2 games, with upcoming titles in the pipeline. The Meta Quest 3 will launch this fall for $499 (~ Rs 41,000). As of now, we do not know the exact date of launch. However, we can expect Meta to unveil further information during its Meta Connect Event scheduled for September 27.
Additionally, the Meta Quest 2 will go on sale from June 4 for $299.99 (~ Rs 24,600) for the 128GB variant and $349.99 (~ Rs 28,800) for the 256GB variant. So, if you are just getting into the VR game, the 2020 Quest 2 headset just became a lucrative option! Meta will also release an update for the Quest 2 and Quest Pro for GPU and CPU improvements.
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