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The Meta Quest 3 VR Headset is Launching Later This Year

Meta Quest 3 announcement

Ahead of this evening’s Meta Gaming Showcase, Meta has announced the upcoming launch of the Quest 3, the third VR headset to come from the company.

The Meta Quest 3 has been “reimagined and redesigned from the inside out”, according to its trailer. It’s 40% slimmer than the Meta Quest 2, allowing for more comfort when playing. It also boasts sharper visuals and a more powerful processor, meaning that games can be more immersive than ever.

It’s powered by a next-gen Snapdragon chipset that, according to Meta’s blog, boasts twice the performance as the Quest 2’s GPU. Full technical details of the processor and GPU haven’t been announced yet: we’ll have to wait a little while longer for those. But it should mean that games perform better than they did on Meta Quest 2.

It looks and sounds pretty good: we’re big fans of the Meta Quest 2, and the improvements coming in Quest 3 should make VR gaming even more comfortable and engaging than ever. But with new competition on the market, in the form of PSVR 2, we’re just not sure if these enhancements are going to be enough to make this the must-have VR headset. The benefit here, of course, is always going to be that Meta Quest 3 is a totally standalone, wireless device: it doesn’t need to be connected to a PC or a console.

The Meta Quest 3 starts at $499 USD for a 128GB model. Extra models offering more storage will be available, although they’re yet to be announced.

See the Meta Quest 3 in action in the trailer below:

It goes without saying that Meta Quest 3 will be compatible with all existing Quest games – which is currently a library of over 500 titles. More games are, of course, coming – and we’ll find out about some of those at the Meta Gaming Showcase today.

Be sure to tune into the Showcase on Meta’s official YouTube channel when it kicks off at 6pm BST / 10am PT / 1pm ET.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.