Zuckerberg unveils Quest 3 mixed reality headset days before Apple plans to debut its own

The two devices could be contrastingly different, but Meta wants to crash Apple's party.
Ameya Paleja
The Quest 3 headset unveiled by Meta
The Quest 3 headset unveiled by Meta


Mark Zuckerberg left no stone unturned to unveil his company's mixed reality headset, Quest 3, just days before Apple is rumored to debut its own. Zuckerberg's company Meta is the dominant player in the virtual reality headset market but could see some strong competition from Apple this year.

Even as Zuckerberg has been shouting from building tops to declare that his company wants to build the next big thing on the internet, the metaverse, Apple has been silently toiling away in the background, with its vision for the digital world.

Reports suggest that Apple has twice delayed announcing its mixed reality headset in the past because the device wasn't ready for the company's tough benchmarks for design and functionality.

As tech geeks and Apple fans, wait with bated breath for the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), scheduled for next week, Meta is trying to get ahead in the news cycle with its Quest 3 headset.

What to expect from Meta's Quest 3?

With Apple looking set to jump into the AR/ VR segment, Meta needs to up its game and the Quest 3 is an obvious attempt to do get this done. For starters, the device is 40 percent thinner than its predecessor while the graphic performance has been doubled.

Meta is moving away from being just a VR headset company by adding three cameras on the front and giving users a connection to the real world around them. Smartly, it will also leverage these cameras to lets users play virtual games on a tabletop, increasing the ways the headset can be used.

The company has added a depth sensor to this headset and dropped the halos around the controllers to make them feel more natural. The device is priced at $499 and Meta is dropping the prices of its other headsets to stir up demand, after seeing a dip in sales over the past year.

Meta is perhaps hopeful that the rumored price of $3,000 for Apple's upcoming headset will serve as a deterrent for many buyers, who will pick its pocket-friendly offering instead.

However, knowing Apple's track record of entering the market with the right offering at the right time, makes one wonder if Meta is missing a trick by trying to keep its device light on the pockets. Reports suggest that Apple could pack 4k displays inside its headset, leaving nothing to chance when it comes to user experience.

The WWDC will perhaps give the world the first glimpse of Apple's vision for mixed-reality headsets and it would not be a surprise if others are found falling severely short of what Apple achieves. It did it with the smartphone, the smartwatch and the mixed reality could be its next big offering.

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