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Meta Quest 3: Release Date, Specification, Price & more

Meta Quest 3

It is anticipated that Meta Quest 3 will make its formal debut at Meta Connect later this week. But, a rush of leaks and updates in the run-up to Connect on September 27, 2023, may have revealed when you can get your hands on it (and what’s inside). The Quest 3 is now scheduled for release on October 10, 2023, to start. Preliminary spec sheet leaks indicate that this $649 model should come with 512GB of storage.

Meta Quest 3

Starting with the storage, the Meta Quest 3 will come with a 128GB basic option and “an additional storage option for those who want more space.” This extra storage choice seems to be a potential 512GB model that hasn’t been revealed yet, which is unfortunate if that’s the case. It seems like 256GB is the ideal amount of storage, therefore its removal would discourage users from adding more.

The inclusion of a next-generation Qualcomm Snapdragon processor is the second notable official update. Although the specifics of the Quest 3 have leaked, it seems that the processor will be the Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 (Gen 2). It is confirmed that the Meta Quest 3 will have double the graphics performance of the Quest 2, so you can anticipate better visuals in VR games and experiences, regardless of the name of the chipset in the end.

Meta Quest 2 Vs Meta Quest 3 Price

With a starting price of only $299, the Quest 2 is clearly more valuable than the Quest 3, which is set to sell for $499. When the Meta Quest 2 first came out, the 128GB and 256GB models cost $299 and $399, respectively. The scarcity of chipsets resulted in a $100 increase in pricing for each headset. Recently, the original pricing was reinstated to accommodate the release of Quest 2’s replacement.

NameMeta Quest 3
Expected release dateOctober 10, 2023
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2
Resolution (Per-eye)2064 × 2208
Display TypeLCD
Refresh rate120Hz
Weight509 grams
Battery lifeup to 3 hours
LensesPancake
ControllersTouch Plus controllers
FeaturesWireless, mixed reality, voice commands, hand tracking, and PC compatibility
Price$499.00 (128GB) [Confirmed], $649 (512GB)

On the other hand, the Quest 3 will begin for $499. A few months ago, the business revealed the pricing, but it withheld information about the future mixed-reality headset, its features, or its versions. Because of its more sophisticated features and updated technology, the Quest 3 is somewhat more expensive than other models.

Additional Meta Quest 3 specs leak

A specifications leak earlier this month disclosed much of what we didn’t know, including RAM and 512GB storage. But a fresh Reddit specifications leak questions that previous leak. Redditor u/JMS1717 claims the Quest 3 will have 8GB RAM instead of 12GB reported in Mixed News. If so, this is unfortunate, particularly because the Meta Quest Pro has 12GB of RAM, thus Meta could utilize 12GB instead of 8.

This spec sheet, which seems to be Meta’s marketing material, doesn’t disclose anything more. The only novel feature is the “High-fidelity, full-color passthrough powered by Meta Reality” description. The specifications leak indicates a 4MP color video passthrough with 18 ppd. The 18 PPD statistic is likely for the video passthrough feature and not for virtual reality headset use, which should be greater.

Meta Quest 3 design

Meta claims to have revamped the Meta Quest 3 “inside out”. The headgear looks like the Quest 2, but pancake lenses make it 40% thinner. A prominent trio of pill-shaped cameras/sensors on the front of the headset and an upgraded flexible head strap are also included.

The headset has a button on the bottom, presumably a wheel to adjust IPD, which could enhance quality of life over the Quest 2. The face shield seems to have been altered to filter more light.

Meta Quest 3 potential features

  • High-resolution display for stunning visuals
  • Improved tracking technology for precise movements
  • Sleek and ergonomic design for comfort
  • Advanced ventilation to prevent fogging
  • 3D spatial audio for immersive sound
  • Availability of an expanding VR content collection
  • Backward compatibility with Quest and Quest 2 titles
  • Integration with the metaverse for social interaction
  • Cross-platform support for multitasking
  • Wireless experience for accessibility
  • Affordable pricing options and bundles

Meta Quest 3 outlook

Meta Quest 3 seems to be a significant improvement over its predecessor. With a growing library of Quest VR games, it might be the headgear for new VR users this autumn. The additional price may be hard to take, but the technology might revolutionize all-in-one VR headsets. If Meta can expand its VR experiences and exosystem, the Quest 3 might boost metaverse adoption. Stay tuned.

Where can you buy Meta Quest 3?

According to the organization, the system will be accessible in all of the markets where Meta Quest is now offered. Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Germany, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, and Italy are among the twenty-three nations on this list.