HomeTechnologyMeta Quest 3: Zuckerberg...

Meta Quest 3: Zuckerberg unveils mixed-reality VR headset | CNN Business

New York

Meta is moving forward in its efforts to dominate the AR world with the new and improved Meta Quest 3.

Unveiled by CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the company’s virtual Meta Connect event Wednesday, the headset starts at $500 and is a complete redesign of earlier models. The Quest 3, first announced in June, offers improved performance, immersive new mixed-reality features and a sleeker, more comfortable design.

With a much stronger processor, higher-resolution display, revamped Touch Plus controllers and a 40% slimmer physique, the Quest 3 is a big step up from its predecessors. The Meta Quest 2 allows for strictly virtual reality, while the Meta Quest Pro has advanced passthrough cameras for seeing your actual surroundings, but it costs a whopping $1,000.

Most importantly, the Quest 3 has support for Meta Reality, allowing users to enjoy mixed-reality experiences that blend the real world with the virtual one — for example, you can play a virtual piano on your real-life coffee table.


Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveils the Meta Quest 3 at Meta Connect in Menlo Park, California, on September 27, 2023. Shown here is an example of gameplay with the headset.

“If you pick up a digital ball and throw it at the physical wall, it’ll bounce off it,” Zuckerberg said at Meta Connect Wednesday. “If someone’s shooting at you and you want to duck the fire, you just get behind your physical couch.”

The Meta Quest virtual library is fully accessible with the Quest 3 – a library that now features VR-friendly Roblox, released Wednesday, and is set to add X Box cloud gaming in December, giving gamers the chance to play titles like Halo and Minecraft on a large screen anywhere.

The headset is available for preorder now and officially hit stores on Oct. 10, available in two storage options (128GB and 512GB).


Zuckerberg explains features of the new Quest 3 headset on September 27, 2023.

Meta’s newest headset comes three years after the Quest 2, under a year after the Quest Pro and under four months after the Apple Vision Pro.

Dubbed by Zuckerberg as the “first mainstream mixed reality headset” the Quest 3 is part of an ongoing arms race between two of tech’s biggest players to command the headset space – and Zuckerberg’s personal vision for a next-generation internet where users can interact with each other in virtual spaces resembling real life. And it comes in at a much cheaper price than the Apple alternative (which will cost you $3,499, to be exact) and is still mainly a VR headset with alternative reality options, while Apple’s product is a dedicated mixed reality experience.

To get ahead of Apple’s June unveiling of the Vision Pro, Zuckerberg teased the Meta Quest 3 just days before its rival’s big announcement. But the two companies had a tense relationship even before Apple’s entry into the market. They have competed over news and messaging features, and their CEOs have traded jabs over data privacy and app store policies. Last February, Meta said it expected to take a $10 billion hit in 2022 from Apple’s move to limit how apps like Facebook collect data for targeted ads.

Meta has until now been the dominant player in the headset market, but it has so far struggled to attract a mainstream audience for its VR headset products. The Wall Street Journal reported last year that Meta had just 200,000 active users in Horizon Worlds, its app for socializing in VR. And in 2023, IDC estimates just 10.1 million AR/VR headsets will ship globally from the entire market, far below the tens of millions of iPhones Apple sells each quarter.

Morgan Stanley analysts called Apple’s Vision Pro a “moonshot” effort following its June announcement, saying the product “has the potential to become Apple’s next compute platform,” but that the company has “much to prove” before the headset’s launch next year.

The biggest fight may not be between tech giants, but for the general public’s acceptance. Many analysts say the biggest hurdle to consumer adoption of mixed reality headsets is ensuring a wide range of potential use cases and experiences available on the devices. While Meta has introduced features that let users play games, explore virtual worlds, watch YouTube videos, workout, chat with friends and more, it has yet to convince most consumers that the device is worthwhile.

Wednesday’s Meta Connect conference also focused heavily on the company’s AI advancements, including AI-assisted image editing and creation on Instagram, AI chatbot characters (played by celebrities like Tom Brady and Paris Hilton) and Meta AI, the company’s conversational assistant. Meta AI, currently in beta, is available on WhatsApp, Messenger and Instagram- and will soon be available on Ray-Ban Meta smart glasses and Quest 3.

Meta unveiled a next-generation version of its smart glasses that will be integrated with Meta AI Wednesday. The upgrades include improved audio and camera capabilities, expanded charging case power, slimmer design and hands-free livestreaming from the glasses directly to Facebook or Instagram.

The glasses start at $299, available for preorder now through Meta or Ray-Ban.

Source link

Most Popular


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

More from Author

Patrick Kane, Red Wings agree to 1-year deal

Ready to play again on his surgically repaired hip, Patrick...

Google’s new geothermal energy project is up and running

A first-of-its-kind geothermal project is now up and running in...

Read Now

I wear this Garmin watch everywhere — and it’s still 44% off after Cyber Monday

Because my job keeps me chained to my computer for more hours than I'd like to admit, I like to spend a good amount of my free time outdoors, and away from screens. But, being the techie I am, I also like to track what I'm...

Patrick Kane, Red Wings agree to 1-year deal

Ready to play again on his surgically repaired hip, Patrick Kane has chosen to resume his NHL career with the Detroit Red Wings, league sources said. Kane has agreed to a one-year contract in Detroit after spending the past couple of weeks whittling down his options in...

Kamala Harris’s kitchen cabinets revive a functional trend designers want us to take into 2024

Vice President Kamala Harris, like many of us, spent time preparing for Thanksgiving in her kitchen. However, unlike the rest of us, she lives in The Number One Observatory Circle, one of the most famous homes in the country, that has served Vice Presidents since 1977. As...

Google’s new geothermal energy project is up and running

A first-of-its-kind geothermal project is now up and running in Nevada, where it will help power Google’s data centers with clean energy. Google is partnering with startup Fervo, which has developed new technology for harnessing geothermal power. Since they’re using different tactics than traditional geothermal plants,...

Kapil Dev: We played very good cricket throughout World Cup but final day was not ours | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Legendary Kapil Dev on Tuesday lauded India's ten straight wins at the recently concluded World Cup but pointed out that excess hype surrounding an almost-certain third title was not needed.As Australia crushed over a billion dreams of India winning a third World Cup title,...

The 200+ Best Cyber Monday Deals Out Of The 129,000 Deals We’ve Reviewed (So Far)

You read that headline right. This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, our expert deal hunters have assessed more than 129,000 deals (and counting).And these are the best 200 or so.I've been Wirecutter's deal editor since 2019. That's five Black Fridays, five Cyber Mondays, and an explosion...

Minnesota Wild fire coach Dean Evason, hire John Hynes

Dean Evason sounded as exasperated as he ever has following Sunday’s loss in Detroit, the Minnesota Wild’s seventh straight defeat. His team was running out of answers. So was he. “We’ve got to change something,” he said. In the end, the change was Evason. The Wild fired Evason on Monday...

‘Oh F**k!’: Taika Waititi Stuns With Trump’s Demands For Commercial

At HuffPost, we believe that everyone needs high-quality journalism, but we understand that not everyone can afford to pay for expensive news subscriptions. That is why we are committed to providing deeply reported, carefully fact-checked news that is freely accessible to everyone.Our News, Politics and Culture...

Ministers back justice minister as pressure mounts over Dublin riots

For free real time breaking news alerts sent straight to your inbox sign up to our breaking news emailsSign up to our free breaking news emailsMinisters have said they “fully” support Justice Minister Helen McEntee amid calls from the opposition for her resignation following the riots...

Jon Lovitz says antisemitism he’s experienced in Hollywood ‘is from other Jews’

Read this article for free! Plus get unlimited access to thousands of articles, videos and more with your free account! Please enter a valid email address. By entering your email, you are agreeing to Fox News Terms of Service and Privacy Policy, which includes our...

Gmail And Photos Content Purge Starts In 72 Hours: Protect Your Data Now

accountSOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images The countdown clock for the great inactive Google account purge is ticking. Act fast to save your old Gmail and Photos content. Here’s what you need to know and do. 11/28 updates below. This article was originally published on November 26. With just...

World Cup Final: J&K Police issues statement over booking of 7 students under UAPA – greaterkashmir

Srinagar, Nov 28: Reacting to the opinions and comments on booking of some students of SKUAST-Kashmir under UAPA for sloganeering during India-Australia cricket World cup final, Jammu and Kashmir Police on Tuesday said 'it...