Wed. Oct 4th, 2023

When you’re within the enterprise of promoting VR or combined actuality headsets, the time to announce your new product is … now. Particularly in case you’re Meta.

This morning the corporate confirmed off the Meta Quest 3, which is 40 p.c thinner than the earlier headset and comprises twice the processing energy, due to a brand new Snapdragon chipset from Qualcomm. Additionally, the hand controllers have been redesigned to enhance their ergonomics. The brand new headset will go on sale “this fall” beginning at $500. In a weblog put up, the corporate teased that extra particulars in regards to the Quest 3 can be revealed at Meta Join on September 27. 

The Meta Quest 3 follows—and successfully replaces—the Meta Quest 2, which turned accessible within the fall of 2020. It’s been acquired nicely within the VR headset market as a comparatively cheap ($400) stand-alone VR headset with a high-resolution show and what’s often known as “inside-out” monitoring. The Quest 2’s worth will go right down to $300 on June 4, and the older headset will get a small efficiency bump together with the value drop.

Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman scooped Meta’s information earlier this week, after he was in a position to get his arms on a prototype of the brand new Meta Quest 3. The Bloomberg report highlighted the headset’s improved video pass-through capabilities, which makes use of exterior cameras on the headset to indicate wearers what’s occurring in the true world (versus utilizing clear lenses with some digital imagery overlaid, which is extra usually described as augmented actuality). Gurman additionally famous that the machine, which had been codenamed Eureka, is “far thinner and lighter than the prevailing Quest 2 from 2020.” 

Meta’s headset information comes forward of Apple’s WWDC software program occasion subsequent week, the place the corporate will reportedly reveal a years-in-the-making face laptop of its personal. Apple has been assembly with app builders in current months to entice them to construct experiences for what the corporate considers a brand new platform. This is able to be the primary main launch of a brand new {hardware} product line for Apple because it launched the Apple Watch in 2015. (Apple additionally launched the HomePod speaker in 2017, however that wasn’t a completely new platform for apps.) 

Anticipation for Apple’s new product is so heightened that different firms are scrambling to place their wares forward of subsequent week. Earlier this week, PC maker Lenovo mentioned its enterprise-focused ThinkReality VRX headset is now delivery, at $1,299. Magic Leap, which has been engaged on augmented actuality know-how since 2010 and holds 1000’s of patents round optical know-how and AR/VR manufacturing processes, has been assembly with press to exhibit its Magic Leap 2 headset. The headset is thinner and lighter, with improved optics, than its predecessor, the Magic Leap One; just like the Lenovo headset, it’s aimed squarely at enterprise prospects. 

The Meta Quest 3, however, is extra of a consumer-friendly machine. The headset was introduced simply hours earlier than the corporate’s Meta Quest Gaming Showcase, a web-based occasion which reveals off the library of video games and experiences accessible for Meta’s platform.

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