Can you imagine the Oculus Quest 3 replacing your current computer monitor? Read on to learn everything there is to know about the Meta Quest 3, formerly known as the Meta Quest 2.
It is anticipated that the Oculus Quest 3 will continue the legacy of the Oculus Quest 2 as the formerly known as Facebook implements its Metaverse plans. It’s important to note that this virtual reality (VR) headset is vastly different from the upcoming Project Cambria, also known as the Oculus Quest Pro or Meta Quest Pro.
Meta recently rebranded its Quest lineup to better match its Facebook parent company name, but the release of a successor to one of the best VR headsets on the market is not surprising. Since the Oculus Quest 3 is expected to debut as the Meta Quest 3, this suggests that the Oculus Quest 2 may be the last of its kind.
The next chapter of Meta’s Quest will be written, and the gaming PC headset is expected to diverge from the course of Project Cambria. But it’s hard to match up rumors because the underlying technology for both VR experiences might be the same. Given that, I present below all the information currently available concerning the rumored release date, price, and internal specifications of the Oculus Quest 3.
Here’s everything we know about the Oculus Quest 3:
Speculations On The Cost Of The Oculus Quest 3
Since it is aimed at consumers rather than businesses, the Oculus Quest 3 probably comes in at a lower price point than Meta’s Project Cambria. Importantly, the Oculus Quest 2 is significantly cheaper than its predecessor, with 64GB models retailing for $299 USD rather than $399 USD at launch. If this trend in pricing continues, the Quest 3 may end up being even more reasonably priced than its forerunners.
Meta’s goals are served in part by keeping prices low. The company could increase its stake in the Metaverse and Web 3.0 by making virtual reality accessible to newcomers and casual players at a low cost.
Meta has announced a price increase for the Oculus Quest 2, bringing it up to $399.99. It stands to reason that the next generation of hardware for virtual reality will cost as much, if not more.
Speculations About The Oculus Quest 3 Release Date
Although Meta has not announced a release date for its next set of virtual reality (VR) products, XR hardware analyst Brad Lynch has speculated that Project Cambria could be released before the Oculus Quest 3. It is now anticipated that the Quest 3 will make its debut at Meta’s 2023 Connect event, while the Cambria will be fully unveiled at Meta Connect 2022.
But the ongoing pandemic and a lack of necessary components could delay the release of Meta’s VR headset. Analyst leaks should be treated with the usual amount of skepticism until we have official word from the social media giant.
Speculations About The Oculus Quest 3
When compared to the original Oculus Quest, the newer version, the Oculus Quest 2, is clearly superior. In contrast to its rival, Sony’s PSVR 2, which features 4K HDR OLED displays and a 2000×2040 per-eye resolution, the Oculus Quest 3 will have to compete with a wide range of other VR headsets.
Although Meta’s new headset has a higher resolution than the Quest 2, Brad Lynch suggests that the Quest 3 could benefit from OLED screen technology. In the end, this could give the headset an advantage over Sony’s forthcoming VR offering, particularly in terms of optimizing image quality.
Future updates may increase the Oculus Quest 3’s capabilities, and its refresh rate is expected to be identical to that of the Quest 2. Light-field display technology, developed by virtual reality company Creal, could be another option that Meta considers. The technology would not only increase the frame rate to 240Hz, but it would also improve distance rendering, making it difficult to tell the difference between the real world and a virtual one.
Lynch has shown off CAD designs for the Oculus Quest 3, which depict a mixed-reality headset with a soft strap like the Quest 2. The schematics show a smartphone with a display and camera similar to the Pico 4, with a pancake-style lens and possibly a Qualcomm XR2 Gen 2 processor.
Designs reveal that the Oculus Quest 3 does not include body or eye tracking support, while the Cambria is expected to have both. Unless something drastically different happens before the Quest 3 is officially announced, it seems like its primary focus will be on gaming rather than the larger social Metaverse.
Oculus Quest 3 Controller Rumors
Screenshots uploaded to YouTube by user Basti564 hint at a forthcoming update to Meta’s VR controllers, though the company has not yet announced it. The controllers, whose design was apparently stolen from a Meta Facebook Workplace meeting, have a standard disc shape and incorporate infrared cameras that could do away with the need for tracking rings.
Whether or not the controllers shown in Basti564’s video are real, and whether or not they are compatible with the Oculus Quest 3, remain open questions. In fact, the Oculus Quest Pro (now known as Project Cambria) is specifically named in the video. There’s a good chance that both headsets will work with the same controllers, which would create a standard for Meta’s upcoming VR lineup.
Meta hasn’t given a release date for its next wave of VR goods, but XR hardware researcher Brad Lynch says Project Cambria could arrive before the Oculus Quest 3. Cambria will be unveiled at Meta Connect 2022, while Quest 3 will appear in 2023.