Meta’s Quest 3 Mixed Reality Headset coming this fall for $500, Quest 2 prices dropped

Kevin Okemwa

Meta Quest

Meta’s CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has announced that the company’s next-generation virtual and mixed-reality headset, Quest 3, is set to be released this fall. It will be available across all the countries with Meta Quest support.

The entry ships with “higher resolution, stronger performance, breakthrough Meta Reality technology, and a slimmer, more comfortable form factor.” You’ll be able to get your hands on the 128GB entry at a starting price of $499.99, there’s also an additional storage option.

Meta also indicated that it’ll be disclosing more details pertaining to this particular entry and more during Meta Connect which is slated for September 27, 2023.

Following this announcement, Meta also highlighted that it will be lowering Meta Quest 3 predecessor’s price. As of June 4, you can grab Quest 2 at  $299.99 USD for the 128GB SKU and $349.99 USD for the 256GB SKU.

According to Meta:

While Quest 3 sets a new standard for mixed reality, immersive gaming, and what a mainstream VR headset can be, Quest 2 remains our most affordable entry point to VR and Pro is optimized for work use cases, with face and eye tracking for more authentic self-expression in meetings. We’ll continue to sell Quest 2 and Pro alongside Quest 3, as well as continue shipping new software updates to make the Quest experience even better.

Aside from the Quest 3 announcement and the lowered price for Quest 2, Meta also indicated that there’s a software update in the works for the Quest 2 and Quest Pro GPU and CPU. Once it’s released, both Quest 2 and Pro will get a 26% CPU performance bump, bundled up with a 19% GPU speed increase for Quest 2 and 11% for Quest Pro.

Additionally, the company indicated that the software update will significantly enhance the gameplay experience for users since it features a revamped and advanced user interface with “richer content on both headsets”. And finally, the update will also ship with the Dynamic Resolution Scaling feature that will be available for Quest 2 and Quest Pro, ultimately allowing users to leverage its capabilities to enhance the pixel density on their games without affecting the frames.

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