If you’re disappointed by the Meta Quest Pro’s astronomically high price tag, don’t be too disheartened – Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed that the upcoming Oculus Quest 3 will cost somewhere between $300 and $500 (approximately £270 to £200). 450 / AU$480 to AU$800).
While we didn’t hear anything about the Oculus Quest 3 at the Meta Connect 2022 keynote – instead we were treated to the full reveal of Project Cambria, aka Meta Quest Pro – Zuckerberg didn’t let the event pass without mentioning the real successor to the Oculus Quest 2.
in an interview with Strategy (opens in new tab)Meta’s CEO reaffirmed that the Oculus Quest 3 was on the way, but “not this year”, and that it will be in the “$300, $400, or $500 price range, in that zone.”
The low-key announcement follows a massive leak in September that revealed the Quest 3 might look similar to the Quest 2, although thanks to new pancake lenses it should be thinner (and hopefully a little lighter) than its predecessor.
Regrettably though, the Quest 3’s leaked design doesn’t show us any signs of eye tracking – a feature that’s present in the Meta Quest Pro and which the upcoming PlayStation VR 2 headset will also have. Meta gave us the impression that these were the main features they wanted to bring to their budget headphones as soon as possible, but that may not be the case.
However, as we always say, leaks should be taken with a pinch of salt. The headset leaked in September could be for an earlier or alternate Quest 3 prototype, or it could be a complete fake. The only way to really know what the Oculus Quest 3 is like is to get our hands on it – and based on Zuckerberg’s comments, it’s at least a year away.
Review: A headset worth the wait
If you’re not sold on the Oculus Quest 2 and are evaluating the Meta Quest Pro and Oculus Quest 3 instead, we recommend thinking about what you want most from a VR headset.
If you’re looking for a headset that has powerful components under the hood, is more comfortable than any other standalone headset we’ve used, and is available for purchase today, the Meta Quest Pro might be the device for you; however, at $1,500 / £1,500 / $2,450 it’s not exactly cheap and from our experience will be much better suited for mixed reality experiences than VR.
That’s because it’s designed to give you a pretty clear view of the real world on the sides and bottom of the headset, while a more traditionally designed VR headset completely obscures your view of reality.
If you’re looking for a budget device that fully immerses you in the best VR games without having to buy an additional attachment like the Quest Pro, then you might want to wait for the Oculus Quest 3.
Alternatively, you can check out our picks for the best VR headsets available, and if you’re in the UK, consider picking up the Quest 2’s new rival: the Pico 4.