A few months ago, we learned that Meta was planning a Quest 3 headset, with plans to launch later this year. At the time, we assumed the reveal would happen in September, followed by a release in October. However, Meta has shaken up the timeline, unveiling the Quest 3 today.
The Quest 3 has a 40 percent slimmer optics profile compared to its predecessor and as you can see in the video below, the headset itself has undergone a radical redesign, as have the touch controllers. The new Touch controllers remove the hoop at the top, designed to strap to your hand and offer better finger tracking compared to the old design.
The Quest 3 is Meta's most powerful VR headset to date, packing a new-gen Snapdragon chip that delivers twice the GPU performance of the previous generation.
The Meta Quest 3 headset doesn't have an exact launch date yet, but it is coming ‘this Autumn', which likely means a late September to early October launch timeframe. The headset will be £499 at launch, just like the original Oculus Rift. Meanwhile, the Quest 2 will continue to be sold, with Meta reversing the $100 price bump it introduced last year, bringing the headset back down to its old price of $299 for the 128GB version.
KitGuru Says: The one key thing that wasn't mentioned in today's announcement was games. The blog post mentions pre-existing games and apps, but we've yet to see any killer launch titles for the new headset. Hopefully that will change over the summer as game announcement season heats up.