Meta’s new Quest 3 has landed and it’s currently available for pre-order. It’s set to release on the 10th of October for $499, $200 more than the Quest 2, but is it worth the substantial price increase?
The most significant upgrade in the Quest 3 is its new Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 CPU by Qualcomm. This is a VR dedicated chip which Meta claims will provide twice the graphics processing power of the Quest 2. To compliment this, the Quest 3 also boasts a 4K video resolution thanks to its two 2064 x 2208 LCD displays which feature up to a 120Hz refresh rate. Other components like the RAM and battery are also receiving an upgrade.
The Quest 3’s external aesthetics remain near enough the same, except for the prominent pill-shaped cameras and depth projector which allow for clearer video passthrough. More so, the speakers now feature enhanced audio quality as well as 3D spatial audio, plus, the 3.5mm jack is still included. Wireless charging is also incorporated thanks to contact pads located at the bottom of the headset, and Meta’s own Quest Charging Dock can be purchased for an additional $129.
As for the controllers, the same TruTouch haptic technology from the Quest Pro is now implemented, allowing for greater immersion, similar to the PSVR 2 controllers from Sony. They also feature improved ergonomics to further increase the overall comfort. However, for whatever reason, Meta have decided to stick with disposable batteries to power the controllers.
SAR, in its Headphones & Headsets Service, estimates that over 10 million Quest 2 headsets were sold in its first year of release, which is definitely a tough number for the Quest 3 to match.
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