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Meta Quest 3 release date prediction & Everything we know so far

Everything we know so far about the Meta Quest 3 release date, specs, and pricing

Updated: Dec 2, 2022 1:58 pm
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Not long after the announcement of the Meta Quest Pro at Meta Connect 2022, we started hearing rumors about a potential Meta Quest 3.

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This was a little annoying as we spent a large amount of time before the Meta Quest Pro’s announcement thinking that it was going to going to be called the Meta Quest 3.

Anyway, now we’ve established that the Meta Quest 3 is not the Meta Quest Pro, we can start talking about every we know so far.

This is particularly exciting as we’ve slowly discovered that the Meta Quest Pro isn’t really for gaming, as it has a stronger focus on other uses in business and education, and we fully expect the Meta Quest 3 to be all about gaming.

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Meta Quest 3 release date prediction

In months gone by, we had assumed that 2022 was far too early to release the Meta Quest, and were proven right by the Meta Quest Pro’s arrival, however, there was always talk that Meta was developing two VR devices concurrently.

So, when might we see the Meta Quest 3 release date? Well, it won’t be in 2022 according to Mark Zuckerberg himself, saying “it’s not this year, but there will be a Quest 3” in an interview with Stratechery.

Another quote from Mark Zuckerberg supports this theory too, With him quoted as saying that the “cost of revenue is expected to accelerate, driven by infrastructure-related expenses and, to a lesser extent, Reality Labs hardware costs driven by the launch of our next generation of our consumer Quest headset later next year.”

So, this is another dose of confirmation, and given the previous rhythm with announcements and launches during the Meta Connect events, we can say with relative surety that the Meta Quest 3 release date will be right near the end of Q3, 2023.

This makes sense, of course, they only raised the price of the Meta Quest 2 near the end of Q3 2022, so they’d want to milk that for a little longer.

Additionally, the Meta Quest Pro might be expensive, but some people who want the latest VR headset for gaming might still buy it, so they can squeeze some money from those people too.

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Meta Quest 3 price expectations

Luckily, we have more to go on here than we usually do, within the same interview with Stratechery, Mark Zuckerberg is quoted as saying “there will be a Quest 3 and that’s in the price range of $300, $400, or $500, that zone.”

This is fantastic news for those who were shocked at the inaccessible pricing of the Meta Quest Pro, as this is far more in line with the Meta Quest 2 pricing, though it will probably and understandably be priced at a premium above the Meta Quest 2. This news comes at a great time for those who might not be sure if the Meta Quest Pro is worth it.

Meta Quest 3 features

When we start to consider the potential features, we see where the price starts to make sense too, as the Meta Quest 3 features will be angled more toward a stripped-back Quest Pro with more of a gaming focus.

So, hopefully, the Meta Quest 3 will borrow just enough of the innovations from the Quest Pro, without increasing the price to more than what Zuckerberg said it would be.

As ever, Brad Lynch has provided his two cents on the Meta Quest 3, and his thoughts mirror our own regarding the shift to AR over purely VR and reduced overall cost.

Meta Quest 3 specs

After the relative surety of the Meta Quest 3 release date section, we are thrown straight back into speculation, though we are not entirely blind, largely thanks to noted VR industry leaker John Bradley (@SadlyItsBradly on Twitter).

Brad Lynch seems to have an unparalleled ability to mysteriously acquire CAD models for unreleased hardware too, which is always helpful, and while this doesn’t directly help with figuring out the Meta Quest 3 specs, it can point us in the right direction.

The Meta Quest 3, codenamed ‘Stinson’ appears to have a design more similar to the Meta Quest 2, and the overall specs and capabilities are going to fall somewhere in between that of the Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest Pro.

This tallies up with something else that Mark Zuckerberg said in the aforementioned interview where he said that the high price and advanced tech of the Meta Quest Pro would help create a ‘development ecosystem’, which would then allow a more consumer-accessible device down the line, which would be the Meta Quest 3.

Meta Quest 3 specs
CAD images courtesy of @SadlyItsBradly on Twitter

Cameras & tracking

Front and center on the headset we can see 3 oval-ish shapes. We suspect these to be camera cutouts. The vertical orientation leads us to suspect that the Meta Quest 3 will have a larger vertical field of view than its predecessor. Unfortunately, we don’t think that we’ll get the self-tracking controllers of the Meta Quest Pro.

This is good news as the headset needs to ‘see’ the controllers to track their movements, and the Meta Quest 2 was notorious for losing vision on the controllers when they were moved too high above the head or too low below the waist.

Additionally, the fact that there are 3 camera cutouts spread across the front of the headset probably means that the horizontal FOV will be pretty good too, but again, this is still speculation at this point.

Refresh rate

Despite the apparent lack of self-tracking controllers, we hope the Meta Quest 3 will get a similarly thin optical stack, and perhaps a higher refresh rate?

it would make sense, VR gaming is all about immersion, so maybe they opted to keep a lower refresh rate for the Pro, saving it for the Quest 3. This would be a good strategy, perhaps using the increased horsepower to pump a higher refresh rate instead of the enterprise passthrough features from the Pro. We think that’d be a good solution to keep the price down, but make the Quest 3 a meaningful upgrade over the Meta Quest 2.

Meta Quest 3: What we want to see

Is there a Meta Quest 3 coming out?

Yes. Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that there will be a Meta Quest 3 in an interview with Stratechery.

How much will the Meta Quest 3 be?

Mark Zuckerberg has said that the Meta Quest 3’s price will be “in the price range of $300, $400, or $500”

is Meta and Oculus the same?

Oculus was purchased by Meta. After this, any subsequent VR headsets were known as ‘Meta’ headsets, instead of Oculus.

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