Meta Unveils Quest 3 VR Headset at $499.99

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Meta has made an official announcement on Mark Zuckerberg’s Instagram, revealing the upcoming release of the Quest 3 VR headset. Set to launch this fall, the Quest 3 will be available in a 128GB version priced at $499.99. Additionally, there will be an option for additional storage capacity, although the price for this option has not been specified.

The Quest 3 boasts a lighter and more comfortable design compared to its predecessor, the Quest 2. It features a “40 percent slimmer optic profile” (excluding the foam facial interface) and is powered by a new Snapdragon chip that offers twice the graphics performance.

One of the advantages of the Quest 3 is its compatibility with games from the Quest 2. The Quest 2 will continue to be available at a reduced price, starting from June 4th. The 128GB version will be priced at $299.99, a $100 reduction, while the 256GB version will see an $80 price drop to $349.99. This adjustment brings the base model’s price back to its original level and makes the version with additional storage even more affordable.

Furthermore, Meta has announced an upcoming software update for both the Quest 2 and the higher-end Quest Pro. This update will enhance the CPU and GPU performance of the headsets and introduce Dynamic Resolution Scaling.

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Meta Quest 2 and Quest 3 (Image credit: Meta)

This announcement comes just days before Apple’s anticipated unveiling of its long-rumored mixed reality headset. It also precedes a game showcase event on Meta’s VR platform, scheduled to start today at 1PM ET. During this event, Meta plans to unveil an AAA adventure title and promises further details to be shared at the annual Meta Connect event in September.

A close-up image showcases the handheld controls for the Meta Quest 3. The controllers feature a thumbstick, two buttons on the top, and one trigger button. Meanwhile, the accompanying image displays the Quest 3 Touch Pro controllers, showcasing their design and features such as TruTouch haptics, which provide immersive tactile feedback. Notably, the new controllers no longer include the rings used for positional tracking.

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While specific details regarding the sensor setup were not provided in the announcement, Meta confirmed that the depth sensor and hand tracking support will be included out of the box with the Quest 3.