Oculus Quest 3 (now called Meta Quest 3) may not arrive for quite some time, but there’s a reason people think it’s on the way. While a lot has changed for Oculus — not least the fact that the company is now called Meta — it is thanks to the announcement that Meta is working on an entirely different VR device.
That would be the Meta Quest Pro, a high-end mixed reality (MR) headset that costs a lot. This new headset is primarily designed for business use but still supports Quest gaming. It would also help establish the early days of Meta’s aptly named (but potentially overambitious) Metaverse project.
So, where does this leave the Oculus Quest 3? Meta has clarified that development is still underway on the next generation of its more budget-friendly VR headset, which is good news for those concerned that the Meta Quest Pro might have been condemned to Quest 3’s grave.
On an earnings call for the company in 2021, the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg told investors that Meta is working on “new hardware”. [that] fit on the same platform [as the Oculus Quest 2]Importantly, we’ll also likely see Quest 3 drop under the Meta brand instead of Oculus.
We’re not too happy about that decision, so for now, we’ll keep using Oculus Quest 3 and Meta Quest 3 interchangeably since the former is more widespread among the gaming community. There’s a lot of information to cover, though, so read on to find out all the latest news and speculation about the Oculus Quest 3.
Oculus Quest 3: what you need to know
- Oculus Quest 3 Price: TBC. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg Estimate Between $300-500
- Oculus Quest 3 Release Date: TBC. Meta said it will launch “later next year” in October 2022, so October 2023 looks likely.
- Oculus Quest 3 Specifications: While there’s some disagreement on specifics, all rumors point to a more powerful device with an improved display — and we expect to see more haptics in the VR headset and its controllers.
- Oculus Quest 3 Features: Meta has been hard at work developing its hand tracking and AR features for Quest 2, so expect to see these on Oculus Quest 3.
oculus quest 3 price
How much will the Oculus Quest 3 model cost? Well, the Oculus Quest 2 comes in two variants: a model with 128GB of storage priced at $400 / £400 / AU$630, and a 256GB version for $500 / £500 / AU$790. It would make sense for the follow-up VR headset to be sold as its predecessor, although we could see the Quest 3 cost a bit less than the Quest 2.
That’s because the Oculus Quest 2 just got cheaper than it is now; The 128GB model cost £299 / $299 / AU$479 before Meta introduced the price hike (due to inflation and increased production costs), and the 256GB version sold for £399 / $399 / AU$639.
speaking in a strategy (opens in new tab) Interview, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduces Quest 3. While he would not confirm a release window, he advised that it would be “in the price range of $300, $400, or $500, in that area.” As a result, we may see Meta launching the Quest 3 at a cheaper price than the Quest 2 to make it more accessible (a strategy used with the Quest 2, which had a lower launch price than the original Oculus Quest).
If you’re worried that a Meta with two headsets competing with each other could be a problem, fear not. The Meta Quest Pro is clearly being marketed as a high-end device separately to the Quest 3, costing around $1,500 / £1,500 / AU$2,400. So, we’d expect Quest 3 to target the lower end so that the meta consumer appeals to both sides of the scale.
oculus quest 3 release date
Considering the Quest Pro launched in October 2022, it shouldn’t be too surprising to learn that Quest 3 isn’t coming anytime soon. Launching them alongside each other would eventually allow the Quest 3 and Quest Pro to eat off each other’s sales. With Sony’s PSVR 2 on the horizon, Meta will want to do everything it can to keep its grip on the VR space.
However, we now know that Quest 3 is coming in 2023. During Meta’s Q3 2022 Earnings Call (Reported by UploadVR) (opens in new tab)), Meta CFO David Weiner mentioned Quest 3 in discussing the increased cost in 2023:
“In contrast, our growth in cost of revenue is expected to accelerate, driven by infrastructure-related expenses and, to a lesser extent, Reality Labs hardware costs driven by the launch of the next generation of our consumer Quest headsets next year.” “
With that information in mind, we’ll go further to predict that Quest 3 will drop in October 2023. This is based on the launch dates of the Quest 2 and Quest Pro and will give it a good start over the Christmas holiday season, which may just establish it as the ‘must have’ gadget of the year.
Once Quest 3 comes to an end, we won’t have long to wait for its sequel. In an interview with The Information 2021 (opens in new tab)Zuckerberg not only confirmed that Quest 3 is in the works, but that the company is already in the early stages of work on Quest 4.
“Because of how hardware evolves, you need to know what your next three products are going to look like at the same time,” Zuckerberg said.
“It’s not like software where we’re changing it every two weeks. We have product teams now working on the next few generations of virtual reality and what Quest 3 and 4 are going to look like.”
However, until we have Quest 3 in our hands, it’s going to be hard to predict when we might be able to access Quest 4.
Oculus Quest 3 specs and features
Given Meta’s decision to abandon its Oculus Rift line and move to its own standalone VR headsets — virtual reality devices that don’t require an external PC or any other piece of hardware — we’d be surprised if Quest 3 bucked the trend. Will remain As such, we can expect the Quest 2 to be roughly the same, despite the customary improvements in battery life, processing power, and resolution.
The Quest 2 boasts a 50% sharper picture than the original device, setting an impressive benchmark for the Quest 3 to follow. Quest 2 upped the refresh rate to 90Hz from the original Quest’s default 72Hz, and 2021 is set to increase that figure again to 120Hz. As of September 2022, 120Hz support is no longer experimental.
Next, the Quest 3 will be equipped with a minimum refresh rate of 90Hz. Time will tell if upcoming VR titles can take full advantage of the upgrade, given that most games still don’t support that high of a refresh rate.
However, thanks to leaker Brad Lynch (opens in new tab)Oculus Quest 3 design may be leaked along with specifications. Revealing CAD images of Meta Quest 3, which is codenamed Stinson, looks like it retains Quest 2’s soft strap. It also appears to use four cameras with a Pro-like pancake lens, IPD wheel for isolation adjustment, two side cameras for tracking, and a depth sensor for mixed reality use. It’s worth noting that even if they’re real, these features are always subject to change ahead of launch.
Otherwise, there are suggestions that the Quest 3 will adopt a uOLED display (an advanced version of OLED). However, we have also seen conflicting reports that hint at OLED displays and mini LED displays instead. They’ve at least agreed that Quest 3 will have some sort of visual enhancement – so expect better display quality and higher resolution.
We could also see a change in the device form factor, possibly further reducing the weight of the headset or focus on changes related to comfort. While the Quest 3 might not be as impressive as the Meta Quest Pro – we can still see that it takes some cues in terms of its design.
We’re also likely to see new software that expands on the Quest 2’s AR and hand tracking features. Meta is constantly improving its support for these functions via software updates – but we suspect some hardware changes will need to be made to make them even more impressive.
For those who still enjoy using controllers, the kind of haptic feedback we’re seeing in the PS5’s DualSense controller could enhance VR experiences, if it were to pair the Quest’s controllers in meaningful ways. came from While nothing is certain yet, we wouldn’t be surprised if Quest 3 starts to incorporate more haptics — we just hope that Meta doesn’t put haptics in a headset like the PSVR 2.
oculus quest 3 predictions
In our Oculus Quest 2 review, it was hard to find fault with a VR headset that proved immersive, comfortable and easy to use. And yet, while it clearly leads the pack in the VR market, it’s still put off by some of the disadvantages that the technology as a whole suffers from. Here’s a list of updates we’d like to see on the Oculus Quest 3:
Better Motion Sickness Prevention
One of those technical pitfalls, and perhaps an unavoidable one, is the motion sickness that can often occur when using any VR headset. Depending on your tolerance for buzz and blurriness, Quest 2 can be a hell of a whirlwind. While there’s no clear way yet for any VR headset to prevent user vertigo, it’s still something we’d like to see better in the Oculus Quest 3.
a better fit
The same goes for the fit of the device. While the Quest 2 is a really comfortable weight when on the head, it can still be a little claustrophobic to achieve a good, snug fit. Again, this is a problem faced by nearly all VR headsets, and a base-level problem that the next generation of hardware should at least try to better address. The design rumors above suggest that the new Oculus device could address some of these issues.
better oculus store
Other improvements we’d like to see include a more effective in-VR Oculus Store. While the same store in the browser and app makes it easy to discover new releases and discover upcoming games, the store inside the headset itself rolls the dice on which apps are shown and allows for quick navigation to new content. There is no way. This makes it difficult to pre-order games and find new titles to buy while using the device, which is an important part of ensuring that the headset maintains replayability.
neighborhood social space
While Quest 2 has a capable party invite system to get you game-to-game with your friends, there’s no social space to connect with others in between. It will be interesting to see Quest 3 introduce a virtual social space, similar to NBA 2K’s neighborhood area, to share some downtime with others. What’s with multi-person furniture in an existing home environment if there’s no one to share it with? Fortunately, Meta’s new Metaverse project — as ambitious as it sounds — suggests that virtual social spaces will be at the forefront of all Quest headsets of the future.
better media sharing
Sharing screenshots and videos on Oculus devices has never been easier, and it’s an issue that Quest 2 has attempted to address with some video updates. The process could still be more streamlined, so we’re looking to Oculus 3 to make the whole deal more accessible. 1080p video, app integration, proper audio syncing – it would all be golden.