The Meta Quest 3 Headset Is Coming Next Year

Looks like we’re getting yet another brand new Quest headset next year, according to Meta itself. And it’ll be a new consumer headset, effectively a Meta Quest 3, distinct from the expensive Quest Pro that just launched.

Dropped quietly during today’s quarterly earnings report for Meta, the company stated that it’s expecting its costs to increase in the near future in part due to “Reality Labs hardware costs driven by the launch of our next generation of our consumer Quest headset later next year. “

While Meta still hasn’t outright called this consumer Quest headset the Quest 3, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously referred to it that way in interviews, including one where he said that it would be “in the price range of $300, $400, $500, that area.” There have also been a number of leaks and rumors regarding the device, including one that suggested it will be a mixed reality headset sitting somewhere technologically between the Quest Pro and the Quest 2.

Previously, The Information reported that Meta had four VR headsets scheduled to release betwene 2022 and 2024, including two new Meta Quest headsets. One of those turned out to be the Quest Pro, and the same rumors suggested that a budget model of the Quest 3 may be on the horizon for 2024.

It’ll be interesting to see ow Meta meaningfully tops the Quest 2 in terms of affordability and utility, as our review of the Quest 2 called it a “killer VR headset” with numerous improvements over its already amazing predecessor.

Rebekah Valentine is a news reporter for IGN. You can find her on Twitter @duckvalentine.

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