Meta unveils next-gen VR headset Meta Quest 3

DUBAI: Meta has unveiled Meta Quest 3, the next-generation virtual and mixed reality headset. Set to launch later this year, Quest 3 promises a host of exciting advancements, including improved resolution, enhanced performance, breakthrough Meta Reality technology, and a sleeker, more comfortable design. The headset will be available in all countries where Meta Quest is currently supported starting this fall, with the 128GB SKU priced at $499.99 USD. Additional storage options will also be offered for users requiring extra space. Meta Connect, returning on September 27, will feature further announcements and details regarding Meta Quest 3.Quest 3 is a cutting-edge, wire-free, all-in-one headset that brings together the best of virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) experiences. Powered by Meta's Meta Reality technology, this device seamlessly blends the physical and virtual worlds, offering users a truly immersive and interactive experience. With the ability to intelligently understand and respond to objects in the user's physical space, Quest 3 enables natural and intuitive navigation, opening up limitless possibilities for exploration. Whether it's playing a virtual board game on a kitchen table, decorating a living room with virtual art, or engaging in fully immersive experiences, Quest 3 delivers unparalleled opportunities for users.The Meta Quest 3 headset boasts the highest resolution display and pancake optics, resulting in stunning visuals and an unparalleled level of detail. To power the additional pixels, Quest 3 is the first headset to feature a next-generation Snapdragon chipset developed in collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies. With more than twice the graphical performance of its predecessor, users can expect smoother gameplay and incredibly crisp visuals in immersive games.In addition to its technological advancements, Meta announced, Quest 3 has undergone a complete redesign for enhanced comfort and control. With a 40% slimmer optic profile compared to Quest 2, the headset offers a sleeker and more ergonomic form factor. The redesigned Touch Plus controllers provide a streamlined experience, while TruTouch haptics ensure users can feel the action like never before. Hand tracking is also supported out of the box, enabling users to interact with virtual objects using just their hands.Furthermore, Quest 3 is fully compatible with the existing Quest 2 catalogue of over 500 VR games, apps, and experiences, making it the headset with the world's best library of immersive content right from day one. To celebrate the launch of Quest 3, Meta is hosting the Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, where exciting new games and updates for the Quest Platform will be revealed, including a sneak peek at Quest 3's flagship adventure.While Quest 3 sets a new standard for mixed reality and immersive gaming, Meta recognizes the continued popularity and affordability of the Quest 2. Therefore, starting June 4, the price of Quest 2 will be reduced to $299.99 USD for the 128GB SKU and $349.99 USD for the 256GB SKU. Moreover, both Quest 2 and the forthcoming Quest Pro will receive a performance upgrade through an upcoming software update, improving CPU and GPU capabilities and enabling Dynamic Resolution Scaling for enhanced visual quality.