Meta unveils new VR headset Quest 3… Full color pass-through support

It’s safe to say that the most popular PC-based virtual reality (VR) headset right now is the Meta Quest 2. Meta’s standalone wireless headset is the most popular option for gamers who want a VR headset to connect to their PC because it’s affordable and offers a wide range of tools. This position is expected to be replaced by the new Meta Quest 3, which is scheduled to be released later this year.

The design of Quest 2 has not changed much from its predecessor. Rather than hardware, the focus was on changes in the ecosystem. However, Quest 3 has changed from the appearance. If you look at the preview video released by Meta, you can see that the Quest 3 inherits a number of advanced hardware specifications and features from the flagship Quest Pro. Quest 3 features a new Snapdragon processor with “double the GPU performance” of its predecessor, a high-resolution display, a new controller with advanced haptics and no sensor rings, and a 40% thinner profile than its predecessor.
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The biggest change is a full-color pass-through camera with a depth sensor. That said, the Quest 3 can act as a full-blown Augmented Reality (AR) device as well as VR. The Quest 2 also had a pass-through camera, but it only worked in black and white at lower quality. The new system fully supports AR games. It’s a perfect match for Apple’s rumored AR system.

It wasn’t seen in the preview video, but presumably the Quest 3 will retain the ability to connect to a local gaming PC via wireless or USB-C and play PC VR games via Steam VR or the Quest dedicated store. Unlike Valve and HTC’s hardware, a separate Lighthouse sensor is not required. The Quest 3’s price has risen significantly from its predecessor at $500, but it’s still the cheapest VR system out there. Quest 3 is scheduled for release in the fall of 2023.
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