The early days of a technology are always a rush to the next big advance. This was as true back at the start of home computing, when there was only a two year gap between the Vic-20 and Commodore 64, as it is today, with another two-year gap between each of GeForce’s three generations of graphics cards offering the fancy new tech of ray tracing. From that perspective, a platform like the all-in-one VR headset of the Quest 2 being three years old is practically ancient. It’s about time for a refresher so today Meta officially revealed the Quest 3.
While today’s announcement was short on specifics Meta did drop a full load of more generalized information in its Quest 3 blog post. The new Snapdragon chip is going to be twice as powerful as the one in the Quest 2, for example, and rather than an over-the-shelf solution it was designed specifically for the needs of the Quest 3. This will be necessary not just to ensure full backwards compatibility with the Quest 2 and allow new games to look prettier but also due to the higher resolution display. What that resolution will be is an as-yet unanswered question but we do know it’s very likely going to be on an LCD display again rather than OLED. Rumors do suggest the resolution will be 2064 x 2208 per eye, but that’s completely unverified so take it with a very large grain of salt. We do, however, know that the fresnel lenses of the Quest 2 will be replaced with pancake lenses, which offer a clearer view and eliminate the chromatic aberration and god-rays that users of the current hardware have gotten used to. Oddly enough there’s no mention of eye tracking, so it seems highly unlikely to be part of new headset.
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