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Looks like the Meta Quest 3 is coming next year
Meta has all but announced the next model in its line of VR headsets
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🥽 The Meta Quest 3 looks set to launch next year
📞 Meta CFO David Wehner let slip the launch date in a recent earnings call
⚔️ It’ll be going toe to toe with Sony’s PSVR 2, which already has a stacked library
💸 Fans will be eagerly awaiting a price announcement after the Meta Quest 2’s was bumped up earlier this year
Meta has inconspicuously confirmed that the Meta Quest 3, the next model in its line of VR headsets, will arrive in 2023.
Speaking during Meta’s recent quarterly earnings presentation, CFO David Wehner said the company expects the “launch of our next generation of our consumer Quest headset” will arrive “later next year”.
Although not explicitly labeling what that new headset will be called, Wehner’s wording suggests it will in all likelihood be the Meta Quest 3. Meta has previously referred to the Meta Quest range as its line of consumer VR hardware, distinguishing it from the Meta Quest Pro that’s tailored to commercial and business use.
No specific launch date was given, but we expect Meta will follow its usual autumn release window. Both the Meta Quest 2 and recent Meta Quest Pro released in October, so it’s likely this new model will do the same.
The timing makes sense. The Meta Quest 2 will be three years old by late 2023, and there was only a one year gap between that headset and the original Oculus Quest. Meta will be keen to show off its latest advancements in VR tech, as well as compete with PSVR 2 that’s set to release early next year. Of course, while the PSVR 2 games list is looking chunky, you’ll need to secure a PS5 restock to actually use Sony’s new bit of kit.
The headsets’ pricing will be of most interest to excited fans. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously confirmed the Meta Quest 3 will cost between $300 and $500, and we expect the PSVR 2 will hit shelves at $399 (the same price as its predecessor).
Not that those prices will remain static forever. They’ll likely drop in time, or increase in the short term. Meta raised the price of the Meta Quest 2 by $100 only back in July and Sony followed suit by upping the price of the PS5. If manufacturing costs continue to spiral upward, big tech companies will likely continue shifting the burden of inflation onto the consumer.
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