Oculus Quest 3: Release Date, Features and Cost: Everything you need to know

Oculus Quest 3: Release Date, Features and Cost: Everything you need to know

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By mark
Published: 25-08-2022
Updated: 17-03-2023

With more than 10 million Oculus Quest 2 units sold since its launch in 2020, we’re eagerly looking forward to Meta’s next VR headset; the Oculus Quest 3.

According to a tweet by Brad Lynch, XR Hardware Analyst/VR Level Designer, Meta is launching two headsets, Project Cambria (Q2, 2022) and Oculus Quest 3 (Q3, 2023).

In this article, you’ll read about the Oculus Quest 3’s tentative launch date, its pricing, features, and predictions.

Oculus Quest 3 Release Date

According to the tweet from Brad, Oculus Quest 3 will be announced at Connect 2023 in October and will be going on sale shortly after the launch – similar to Quest 2.

The release date of Quest 3 looks promising as an article from a renowned tech website, TechRadar, highlights Mark, saying that Meta has been working on new hardware that will fit the same platform as the Quest 2 during the investor earnings call back in 2021. 

We are currently waiting for an official announcement from Meta. But first, let us look at how Quest 3 will stand out from the highly popular Oculus Quest 2. 

Oculus Quest 2 vs. Quest 3

Quest 3 will have the same basic features as Quest 2. It will be an all-in-one virtual reality headset containing an inbuilt processor, battery, VR content library, and inside-out sensors for positional tracking. 

However, we might see a significant difference between Oculus Quest 3 and 2 and its predecessor in terms of hardware, design, and features. 

Hardware

As per the leak from Brad, Meta is in talks with Changxin Technology for the production of the uOLED displays for Quest 3 

Currently, OLED displays are being used in some of the VR headsets like Pimax Vision 8K X and Sony’s PSVR. 

Additionally, the original quest was powered by the Snapdragon 865. To provide users with the next level experience, Oculus Quest 2 saw a major hardware upgrade with the world’s first XR platform, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2, which supported 50% more pixels than the original quest. 

Going by an article from tech website, Tomsguide, we may see Meta using its own CPU to power the Quest 3 and not pack Qualcomm’s next-gen VR chip. 

Design

According to Brad Lynch, the Oculus Quest 3 would use uOLED, which would make the Quest 3 compact and affordable compared to its predecessor.

Brad further added that Meta has signed a deal to build production lines for these displays with Changxin Technology, although we aren’t sure if that’s true or not, as he declined to reveal his source. 

Software and storage

From mobile mixed reality cameras to create MR footage to using Facebook Messenger in Virtual Reality to call friends and family members. Meta Quest 3 may replicate most of the features from its last update, V35, launched in October 2021, in the new VR headset. 

While Oculus Quest 2 is available in two variants, 128GB and 256GB, we may see a massive addition to the storage line with a 512GB variant for Oculus Quest 3. 

Games

Last year, at Meta Connect, we came to know that the VR version of Grand Theft Auto is under development by an Australian developer, Video Games Deluxe. 

Although GTA San Andreas will arrive to Oculus Quest 2 users, we may end up seeing Meta launching it exclusively for Oculus Quest 3 in order to get some initial sales and buzz. 

Controllers and Tracking

Although third-generation Oculus Touch controllers provide wider space and enhanced haptic feedback, we may see Meta take the experience to a new level by launching dedicated haptic gloves with Quest 3 to elevate the gameplay to a new level.

A few months back, Mark Zuckerberg posted a video of his team at Facebook Reality Labs working on a haptic glove prototype consisting of actuators to give users a sense of touch in the virtual environment. 

Considering the fact that Sony is planning to launch its PSVR2 with an inbuilt haptic feedback feature, Meta doesn’t want to stay behind in providing users with a deeper presence in VR through its VR gloves. 

Oculus Quest 3 Cost

Although it isn’t quite clear how much the headset will be priced at, it looks to hover within the $299 to $400 price range, similar to that of Quest 2. This is to ensure that the Quest line, unlike Project Cambria, which would be positioned as an enterprise training device, remains accessible to people worldwide. 

Quest 3: What we can expect in 2023

With the success of Oculus Quest 2, we would like to see some amazing improvements in Quest 3. Here are some of the things. 

High resolution: With the use of uOled display, we expect Quest 3 resolution to increase to 2160 x 2160 per eye from 1832 x 1920 per eye, which is present in Oculus Quest 2. 

High refresh rate: Although 120 HZ refresh rate is considered holy-grail for gamers, it would be good to see 140 HZ refresh rate in Quest 3 for a much more immersive experience. 

More games: The Quest Library is still evolving. With Quest 3, we could see some AAA game studios jumping into action. 

Road Ahead for Quest 3

Meta Quest 3 could further boost Mark Zuckerberg’s vision of building the Metaverse and elevate people’s interaction with their friends and family members.

According to an article by TechCrunch, consumers around the world downloaded the Oculus App 2 million times between 23rd-29th Dec. 

This growing interest within consumers is a social proof for Meta to keep building better hardware and experiences for the audience. 

All we can do now is to wait and watch to see how Oculus Quest 3 pans out next year.