Meta Quest 3

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Meta Quest 3
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Basic Info
VR/AR VR
Type head-mounted display
Subtype Standalone VR
Platform Meta Quest
Manufacturer Meta
Announcement Date June 1, 2023
Release Date October 10, 2023
Price $499
Website meta.com
Predecessor Meta Quest 2
Successor Meta Quest 4
System
Operating System Android
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2
CPU Octa-core Kryo (1 x 3.19 GHz, 4 x 2.8 GHz, 3 x 2.0 GHz)
GPU Adreno 740
Storage
Storage 128 GB
Memory 8 GB
SD Card Slot No
Display
Display 2 x LCD
Subpixel Layout RGB stripe
Resolution 2064x2208 per-eye
Refresh Rate 120 Hz
Image
Horizontal FoV 110°
Visible FoV 110° (horizontal), 96° (vertical)
Peak Pixel Density 25 PPD
Optics
Optics Pancake lenses
Ocularity Binocular
IPD Range 58-71 mm
Passthrough Dual 18 PPD color passthrough cameras
Tracking
Tracking 6 DoF Inside-out via 4 integrated cameras
Base Stations No
Eye Tracking No
Face Tracking No
Hand Tracking Yes
Body Tracking No
Audio
Audio Integrated stereo speakers
Microphone Yes
3.5mm Audio Jack Yes
Connectivity
Ports USB Type-C, charging contacts
Wired Video USB Type-C
Wireless Video WiFi streaming
WiFi WiFi 6E
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Battery Life 2.2 hours
Charge Time 2.3 hours
Device
Weight 515g (with headstrap)
Material Plastic, foam facial interface
Headstrap Flexible fabric strap
Haptics No
Color White
Input 2 x Meta Quest Touch Plus Controllers
Meta Quest 3 is a virtual reality headset developed and manufactured by Meta. Released in October 2023, following its announcement in June 2023, the device is a successor to the Meta Quest 2.

Specifications

Display and Optics

  • Resolution: Each eye of the Meta Quest 3 is treated to a resolution of 2064x2208, amounting to a total of approximately 9.11 million pixels.
  • Field of View: The headset provides an estimated 110° horizontal and 96° vertical field of view.
  • Refresh Rate: A high refresh rate of 120 Hz enhances the smoothness of visual experiences.
  • Optics: Utilizing pancake lenses, the Meta Quest 3 offers improved visual clarity and user comfort.

Build and Design

Performance and Hardware

Controllers

Overview

Quest 3 presents itself as a next-generation VR headset, particularly in terms of hardware. Priced at $500, it is a substantial improvement over its predecessor, Quest 2, which was priced at $300. The Quest 3 boasts impressive hardware, comparable to a cheaper version of the Quest Pro, albeit without eye-tracking and face-tracking features. Despite these omissions, Quest 3 remains a favorable choice even if priced similarly to the Quest Pro.

Key Improvements in Hardware

The Quest 3 showcases several advancements in its hardware:

  • Lenses: A significant improvement over the Quest 2, offering wider field-of-view and reduced glare.
  • Resolution and Clarity: Though not massively higher than Quest 2, the Quest 3 provides improved clarity and a reduction in screen-door effect.
  • Ergonomics: Despite minimal ergonomic advancements, the adaptability of the headset for individual users is enhanced.
  • Field-of-View: Improved eye-relief settings contribute to a wider field-of-view.
  • Audio: The built-in audio quality and volume have been notably improved.

Controllers and Processor

Software Potential

While the hardware of Quest 3 is commendable, its software is yet to fully leverage the headset's capabilities. The transition for developers from targeting Quest 2’s hardware to optimizing for Quest 3 will take time. The launch of the headset did not coincide with a substantial amount of content specifically enhanced for Quest 3, leading to a gap in experiencing the full potential of the hardware.

Passthrough and Mixed Reality

Quest 3's passthrough view has improved but still faces limitations, particularly in terms of motion blur and depth cues. The lack of occlusion support further detracts from the immersive experience. The mixed reality capabilities, though still in early stages, show promise with features like room scanning and the ability to suggest playspace boundaries.

Market Position and Recommendation

Despite its shortcomings at launch, the Quest 3 stands out as the best standalone headset currently available. Its potential for growth and improvement, similar to the enhancements seen in Quest 2 over its lifetime, makes it a recommendable option over its predecessor. The Quest 3 is expected to significantly evolve in terms of software and mixed reality experiences within a year of its release.

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