The new VR headset starts shipping on October 10.
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According to Meta's announcement, the Quest 3 will hit store shelves starting on October 10, 2023. The 128GB version of the headset will be priced at $500, while the beefier 512GB model will have a price tag of $650.
With features such as a full-color Passthrough and over ten times the pixel density compared to the Quest 2, the new headset promises to be a game-changer in XR technology, enabling users to seamlessly transition between a fully immersive virtual experience and an augmented reality environment where virtual elements are overlaid onto the physical surroundings.
In addition to disclosing the device's shipping date, Meta also provided a more detailed overview of its specifications. As previously promised, Quest 3 will be powered by the new Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 platform, developed in partnership with Qualcomm Technologies, which enables faster load times and delivers incredibly sharp details. It's also worth noting that Quest 3 will boast 8GB of RAM, 2GB more than its predecessor.
Furthermore, the headset features a 4K+ Infinite Display, resulting in nearly a 30% increase in resolution and a 15% wider field of view compared to Meta Quest 2. This translates to 25 pixels per degree, 1,218 pixels per inch, and a resolution of 2064x2209 per eye. The next-generation pancake lens optical stack contributes to Quest 3's 40% slimmer optic profile in comparison to Quest 2, all without compromising the depth of the visual immersion. Unfortunately, Quest 3 doesn't support eye tracking.
Additionally, the device has undergone a redesign to offer a more personalized fit and improved weight distribution in contrast to Quest 2. Nevertheless, it is slightly heavier than its forerunner, with a weight of 515 grams, an increase of 12 grams.
The gadget's spatial audio capabilities have also received significant enhancements, resulting in improved sound clarity and bass performance, along with a 40% louder audio range compared to Quest 2.