Meta has launched its new Quest 3 Advanced All-in-One VR Headset that is available in 128GB and 512GB versions. The Quest 3 is a follow-up to the Quest 2 that was announced back in 2020.
This third-gen PC-free headset combines VR with AR, using dual RGB cameras to provide full-color passthrough into your real-world surroundings. This can be used to insert games, screens, and other virtual objects into your environment.
- 128GB or 512GB of Internal Storage
- Full-Color Passthrough
- 2064 x 2208 Resolution per Eye
- XR2 Gen 2 Snapdragon Processor
- Ring-Free Touch Plus Controllers
- TruTouch Haptic Feedback
- 40% Slimmer than Quest 2
- Built-In 3D Spatial Audio
- Works with All Quest Apps & Games
- Adjustable Strap, Lens Depth & IPD
According to Meta, the Quest 3 has been redesigned inside and out to deliver the best Quest experience yet. The graphics power has been doubled with a new XR2 Gen 2 Snapdragon processor. Visuals are claimed to be sharper and smoother with a higher 2064 x 2208 resolution per eye at a 90 Hz refresh rate. There are Touch Plus controllers with TruTouch haptics, and the redesign has made Quest 3 more comfortable and lighter than the Quest 2.
VR headsets can be uncomfortable and bulky to wear, so a lot of thought went into making the Quest 3 a more comfortable experience for the end user. The singular front-to-back head strap now forks into two rear straps that are each adjustable, giving you more support and accommodating more head shapes and hairstyles. For the clearest possible image, depth adjustment will move the new pancake lenses closer or farther from your face, and an adjustable IPD ranges from 58 to 71 mm.
The dual RGB cameras combine with a depth projector to deliver 10 times the pixels of Quest 2’s passthrough feature and in full color with high fidelity. With various applications, you can insert virtual objects and experiences into the real world, such as playing a virtual board game on your real coffee table.
You can also create a large floating screen to watch videos, get work done, or play games with Xbox Cloud Gaming support. You can even use augments to create persistent virtual objects that will stay and reappear when you next put on the Quest 3. Persistent virtual objects can include floating picture frames and videos, portals to sweeping vistas, or virtual experiences.
You don’t need additional headphones with the Quest 3, as its built-in stereo speakers are crafted to provide a 3D spatial audio experience so that you can hear sounds as they appear to be in the virtual world, in different locations and distances all around you. The Quest 3 has a 40% increase in volume range compared to the Quest 2.
The new Touch Plus controllers are also included with the Quest 3. These ring-less controllers now incorporate TruTouch haptic feedback for even more immersion in your virtual games and environments. Depending on what you are doing, you can ditch the controllers for precision hand tracking via the four IR sensors and two RGB cameras built into the Quest 3 headset.
Quest 3 gives you access to the entire catalog of 500+ Quest titles. You can also create a virtual screen in your space and access Xbox Cloud Gaming titles without the need for a console. Outside of games, you can use various Quest apps to watch NBA games courtside, get a front-row seat for mixed martial arts matches, or watch online videos and movies.
Enhanced privacy features are built into the Quest 3 to encrypt your data and provide parents with tools to limit the content kids can access.
- Increased FOV to 104° horizontal and 96° vertical
- Up to 2.2 hours of battery life (average use)
- Wire-free charging with built-in contact pads and optional charging dock
- Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) support
- Double-tap the headset to immediately see the real world without mixed reality elements
- External LED lets others know the passthrough cameras are on
Price & Availability
The Meta Quest 3 Advanced All-in-One VR Headset (128GB) is now available to pre-order for $499 USD.
The Meta Quest 3 Advanced All-in-One VR Headset (512GB) is now available to pre-order for $649.99 USD.
Both are expected to start shipping on the 10th of October.