The Oculus Quest 2 is a great VR headset and Meta is leveraging its success to fuel its Metaverse plans. Not only has the alleged Oculus Quest Pro morphed into another virtual reality company dubbed Project Cambria, but the company claims the Oculus Quest 3 is still on the way.
Releasing a successor to one of the best VR headsets around isn’t an unexpected move, but Meta recently rebranded its Quest line to better match the name of its parent company Facebook. Of course, that means Oculus Quest 2 could be the last of its kind, as Oculus Quest 3 will likely be released as Meta Quest 3.
Meta’s Quest is set to continue, and gaming PC headsets are likely to take a different path than Project Cambria. However, both VR experiences may feature similar technology under the hood, making it difficult to match the rumors. With that in mind, here’s everything we know about the Oculus Quest 3’s release date, potential price, and possible specs under the hood.
Here’s everything we know about Oculus Quest 3:
Oculus Quest 3 pricing speculation
Oculus Quest 3 doesn’t have an official price, but it may be cheaper than Meta’s Project Cambria. It’s also worth noting that the Oculus Quest 2 costs a lot less than the original, with the 64GB models costing $ 299 instead of $ 399 at launch. If this pricing trend continues, the Quest 3 could end up being even cheaper than its predecessors.
In a way, keeping the price affordable benefits Meta’s ambitions. By allowing newcomers and casual gamers to experience virtual reality at a lower cost, the company could spark interest in Metaverse and Web 3.0.
That said, Meta has announced a price increase for the Oculus Quest 2 and the latest generation VR headset will retail for $ 399.99. Of course, this suggests that a later device would cost the same, if not more, so don’t hold your breath for a cheap VR newcomer.
Oculus Quest 3 release date rumors
Meta hasn’t provided an ETA for its next wave of VR products, but hardware analyst XR release date rumors Brad Lynch states that Project Cambria could be launched before Oculus Quest 3. The insider says the high-end Metaverse headset will be released in the second quarter of 2022, while Quest 3 will debut at the Meta 2023 Connect event.
Meta Cambria (Q2 2022) will feature MiniLED displays. Aiming to sell 3 million HMD units in its first year.
Quest 3 should include uOLED. Meta has signed an agreement to build production lines for these displays with Changxin Technology
Connect 2023 announcement / release shortly thereafter
– Brad Lynch (@SadlyItsBradley) January 4, 2022
Of course, component shortages and the ongoing pandemic could disrupt Meta’s VR headset release plans. So until we get official news from the social media giant, it’s probably best to take any leaks from analysts with the usual grain of salt.
Oculus Quest 3 specification rumors
The Oculus Quest 2 is an impressive kit that improved the original Quest where it counts. However, the Oculus Quest 3 will clash with Sony’s PSVR 2, which has 4K HDR OLED panels and 2000×2040 resolution per eye.
While it’s safe to say that Meta’s new headset improves Quest 2’s resolution, Brad Lynch says the Quest 3 could use the new uOLED screen technology. Ultimately, this could give the headset an edge over Sony’s future VR offering, especially when it comes to maximizing image quality.
The Oculus Quest 3 will likely match the Quest 2’s 120Hz refresh rate, and its capabilities may improve with future updates. Meta could also choose to use brightfield display technology, a new innovation from VR Creal company. Not only would the technology bring 240Hz to the device, but it could blur the line between real and virtual reality images with better distance rendering.
Whole-body tracking may be present for the first time in an Oculus Quest headset, with the experimental feature appearing in developer Oculus Unity’s SDK. Enabling this type of tracking on his helmets would be another weapon in Meta’s arsenal that could help him maintain dominance of the Metaverse.
Voices on the Oculus Quest 3 controller
Meta is yet to release its new VR controllers, but screenshots shared by YouTuber Basti564 suggest an update is on the way. Leaked via an alleged Meta Facebook Workplace meeting, the controllers feature a familiar disc shape and built-in infrared cameras that could replace the need for tracking rings.
It’s hard to tell if the controllers in Basti564’s video are legitimate and there’s no suggestion that they pair with the Oculus Quest 3. In fact, the video explicitly references Oculus Quest Pro, the non-Quest device that’s now known as Project Cambria. Both headsets are likely to use the same controllers, which could establish common ground in Meta’s next VR lineup.