The Meta Quest 3 to be released at $499 with full-color passthrough technology

Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Meta, has unveiled the much-awaited virtual reality headset, the Meta Quest 3. The headset allows mixed reality experiences with full-color passthrough, which enables users to see a colored version of the physical space around them via the camera. This technology will allow the headset to add augmented reality elements to the real world, making it a unique immersive experience. Zuckerberg claimed that it is “the first mainstream headset with high-res color mixed reality.”

The device is powered by the latest Qualcomm chipset, making it Meta’s most powerful headset to date with twice the graphics performance of its predecessor, the Quest 2. Despite being more powerful, the Quest 3 is 40 percent thinner and more comfortable to wear- both upgraded from Quest 2.

The device will be available from fall at $499, the same price as the PlayStation VR2. Meta aims to invest more in VR games and experiences, creating an immersive environment for users.

The unveiling of the Quest 3 comes ahead of Apple’s WWDC where it is expected to announce its premium mixed-reality headset.

While Quest 3 does not have eye-tracking features, reviews of its lightweight and thin body with sturdier head strap pose a significant threat to its competitors.

This is a developing story and will be updated as per the latest developments.

Read more about the headset on Engadget.

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