With a price tag of $1,500, Meta’s new Quest Pro headset has put a lot of people off. It’s not designed for or marketed to gamers, leaving VR’s largest demographic wondering when it will be their turn with new hardware. However, fans of VR gaming may not have to wait much longer.
During Meta’s Q3 earnings call, the company’s CFO, Dave Wehner, confirmed that a new “consumer Quest headset,” likely the Quest 3, will hit shelves “late next year.” Unlike Meta’s latest hardware, a Quest 2 sequel is expected to be built around an affordable price point – likely a similar price point to the Quest 2. Mark Zuckerberg has previously tossed numbers around between $300 and $500, which is great is sales volume, but may limit hardware performance.
Pancake lenses that allow for a much smaller headset are present in the Quest Pro. They will most likely be present in any Quest 2 sequel as well, especially since meta-rival Pico has managed to fit the high-end lenses into its direct Quest competitor. A new chip replacing the Quest 2’s Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1 is another likely feature.
Eye and face tracking are other Quest Pro features that could carry over to Quest 3. While face tracking has uses in social apps and could be a cornerstone of Meta’s plans for the Metaverse, eye tracking is more important. It enables something called “foveated rendering,” meaning the device only has to render the area you’re looking at in high detail. The process can help overcome processor and screen limitations, allowing a device to punch beyond its weight.
Details on Quest 3 are sparse at the moment – but if you orient yourself by previous versions you can expect a series of leaks, a big announcement at next year’s Connect and a full release by this time next year.
Source: Meta via Engadget
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