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Meta Quest unveiled their latest mixed reality headset, Meta Quest 3, on Thursday. This next-generation device is powered by an improved Snapdragon CPU and promises to deliver twice the graphical performance of its predecessor, the Meta Quest 2. The headset contains revised Touch Plus controllers that eliminate the requirement for outer tracking rings, as well as support for Meta Quest Pro TruTouch haptics.
Surprisingly, the debut of this advanced headset comes just days before the anticipated arrival of Apple’s first mixed reality headset, the Apple Reality Pro.
Meta has announced that a software update is on the way that will improve the CPU and GPU performance of the Quest 2 and Quest Pro headphones. These devices will also offer dynamic resolution scaling, allowing for increased pixel density without sacrificing frame rates. Meta intends to sell the Quest 2 and Quest Pro in addition to the future Quest 3 headset.
Meta Quest 3 Specifications
Meta has revealed key data about their upcoming headset’s characteristics. The gadget includes a cutting-edge Snapdragon chipset, most likely the Snapdragon XR3 chip. According to the business, this chipset provides more than twice the graphical capability of the Snapdragon XR2, the processor powering the Quest 2 headset. The Quest 3 will include Meta’s highest resolution display to date, as well as pancake optics, ensuring seamless performance and increased visual details for a more immersive gaming experience.
In contrast to the Quest 2, Meta’s newly announced Quest 3 headset features revised Touch Plus controllers that do away with the necessity for outer tracking rings. According to Meta, the Quest 3 comes standard with hand tracking and Direct Touch support. The newly designed controllers also have TruTouch haptics, which were first seen on the Meta Quest Touch Pro controllers. These controllers are also available separately and are compatible with the Quest 3 headset.
When compared to the Quest 2 headset, the Quest 3 has a 40% smaller optic profile (excluding the foam facial interface). The device’s front is equipped with a set of sensors, however, it does not support advanced face-tracking features. The newly released mixed reality headset is intended to be compatible with Meta’s huge library of games, which now includes 500 VR apps and games for the Meta Quest 2 and Quest Pro.
Meta Quest 3 Price
The Meta Quest 3 128GB variant costs $499.99 (roughly Rs. 41,200). The headset is due to be delivered in the autumn, and Meta is expected to unveil details on pre-orders and sale dates at its annual Meta Conference, which begins on September 27th.
Meanwhile, Meta has reduced the price of the current-generation Quest 2 VR headset. The headset will be available for $299.99 (roughly Rs. 24,700) beginning June 4th, returning to its prior pricing point. This price hike comes nearly a year after the headset’s price was raised by $100 (about Rs. 8,200) in July 2022.
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