Meta’s new flagship-grade VR headset, the Meta Quest Pro, was unveiled a few days ago at the company’s Meta Connect 2022 event. The Quest Pro costs $1500, which is nearly four times the price of Meta’s budget VR headset from 2021, the Meta Quest 2. Given the significant price differences between these products, and the fact that Facebook will need to address the affordable consumer-focused end of the spectrum with an updated product, the chances of Facebook working on a Meta Quest 2 successor were high.
Meta, on the other hand, remained tight-lipped about their next-generation consumer-focused VR headset plans. That changed during Meta’s recent earnings call, when outgoing CFO Dave Whener confirmed (via Engadget) that the company intends to launch its next generation of consumer-focused Quest headsets “next year.”
Interestingly, Dave Whaner was not the only one who mentioned this low-cost VR headset. Mark Zuckerberg himself confirmed the existence of this new VR headset, referring to it as Meta’s “next-generation consumer Quest headset.” While neither of these individuals revealed the name of this upcoming product, it is likely that it will be called the Meta Quest 3 when it is released next year.
Meta Quest 3 could be a sub $500 VR headset
While it is too early to speculate on the Meta Quest 3’s potential feature additions, there have been reports that this product will borrow several features from its more expensive sibling, the Meta Quest Pro. The improved eye and face tracking feature is the most notable, making the Quest 3 a significant upgrade over the Quest 2. Early rumors suggest that the Quest 3 will have a pancake lens array, similar to the one seen on the Quest Pro. With the addition of these new features, Meta could raise the price of the Meta Quest 3, which is currently estimated to cost between $300 and $500. As a result, the product will be slightly more expensive than the $300 Quest 2.