Gaming Tech

Meta Quest 3 evaluate:

Meta Quest 3 evaluate:

The Meta Quest 3 feels just like the end result of a large calendar 12 months for VR. In fact, PSVR2 arrived in February, and whereas that reaffirmed that that is nonetheless an emergent and distinctive option to expertise video video games, the announcement of the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional created much more mainstream buzz. Everybody, together with your gran, in all probability noticed and obtained enthusiastic about what the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional may imply for the longer term. 

The Quest 3 very a lot appears like Meta’s response to that pleasure. Dare I say it even comes with a touch of spite at Apple for giving Zuck’s Metaverse a clear lick of paint and making it appear as if combined actuality was Tim Prepare dinner’s concept. For gaming and “Spatial Computing”, it feels just like the Quest 3 will maintain an vital place among the many greatest VR headsets going ahead. Even when it is only for a brand new wave of VR and MR gaming, it follows on from the extraordinarily common Quest 2, and the not-so-popular Quest Professional. At $499.99 / £479.99 for 128GB or a beefier $649.99 / £619.99 for 512GB, this headset bridges the high-end characteristic hole of the Professional whereas being way more inexpensive. Consequently, the Meta Quest Professional now feels extra redundant – who’d have thought that was potential?

As a successor to the Quest 2, nevertheless, issues are way more fascinating. It appears like a generational replace, however extra in the best way a brand new smartphone feels up to date from final 12 months’s model. There are noticeable options that make you are feeling the leaps in expertise, however I would not argue the Quest 3 makes the Quest 2 out of date – in truth, it would even strengthen its place available in the market. 

One factor I’m blissful to report given my mistrust of Meta as an organization, is that my privateness issues from the Quest Professional really feel softened by the Quest 3, a lot in order that I’m blissful to suggest this to avid gamers. Whether or not or not you should purchase this over, and even improve from the Meta Quest 2, nevertheless, is what the remainder of this evaluate will assist you resolve.


(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

One have a look at the Quest 3 headset could also be sufficient to promote you. I’ve to confess, the design of this visor is correctly lovely, and its slim waistline appears nearly incomparable to the now bulky-seeming Quest 2. On the face of it, that is an up to date and streamlined headset that also manages to share the aesthetic DNA of earlier Oculus Quest gadgets. 

Past its new face that has three central digital camera modules, a lot of the Quest 3 feels nearly similar to the Quest 2. The headstrap remains to be the identical design, its audio system are built-in into its sides, and its facial interface feels principally unchanged. 

In that method, the consolation and match of each headsets does really feel eerily comparable. If something, the Quest 2’s face padding may even be extra plush – I’ve a sneaky suspicion that is as a result of Meta understood that the perfect Meta Quest 2 equipment got here from third events, and it is placing most consolation behind the paywall of its bigger accent vary this time round.

window.sliceComponents = window.sliceComponents || {};

externalsScriptLoaded.then(() => {
window.reliableDOMContentLoaded.then(() => {
var componentContainer = document.querySelector(“#slice-container-Egeh2r3jDFXn8cpF9HrLic-imageGallery-6”);

if (componentContainer) {
var data = {“galleryData”:[{“title”:””,”description”:[],”image”:{“id”:”5PuGAC8YgvibFnG2LGucGb”,”name”:”Meta Quest 3 Review 6.jpg”,”credit”:{“text”:”(Image credit: {subject})”,”subject”:”Future / Duncan Robertson”},”src”:””,”alt”:”Meta Quest 3 review image of the headset’s stock headband”,”width”:4000,”height”:2252,”srcSetSizes”:[320,480,650,970,1024,1200],”sizes”:{“default”:”calc(100vw – 40px)”,”1000px”:”970px”},”fullscreen”:false,”lazyLoading”:true,”addSEOMetaData”:false,”eager”:false,”removeNativeWidthRestriction”:false,”dataBordeauxImageCheckAttr”:false,”noCredit”:false}},{“title”:””,”description”:[],”image”:{“id”:”gDMYEtruV2spqUUKDyc26c”,”name”:”Meta Quest 3 Review 9.jpg”,”credit”:{“text”:”(Image credit: {subject})”,”subject”:”Future / Duncan Robertson”},”src”:””,”alt”:”Meta Quest 3’s slightly bulkier 3D audio speakers”,”width”:4000,”height”:2252,”srcSetSizes”:[320,480,650,970,1024,1200],”sizes”:{“default”:”calc(100vw – 40px)”,”1000px”:”970px”},”fullscreen”:false,”lazyLoading”:true,”addSEOMetaData”:false,”eager”:false,”removeNativeWidthRestriction”:false,”dataBordeauxImageCheckAttr”:false,”noCredit”:false}}],”progressText”:”Image {currentSlide} of {totalSlides}”,”viewOriginalText”:”View Original”};

var triggerHydrate = function() {
window.sliceComponents.imageGallery.hydrate(data, componentContainer);

var triggerScriptLoadThenHydrate = function() {
if (window.sliceComponents.imageGallery === undefined) {
var script = document.createElement(‘script’);
script.async = true; = ‘vanilla-slice-Egeh2r3jDFXn8cpF9HrLic-imageGallery-6-component-script’;

script.onload = () => {
window.sliceComponents.imageGallery = imageGallery;
} else {

if (window.lazyObserveElement) {
window.lazyObserveElement(componentContainer, triggerScriptLoadThenHydrate, 1500);
} else {
console.log(‘Could not lazy load slice JS for Egeh2r3jDFXn8cpF9HrLic-imageGallery-6’)
}).catch(err => console.log(‘Hydration Script has failed for Egeh2r3jDFXn8cpF9HrLic-imageGallery-6 Slice’, err));
}).catch(err => console.log(‘Externals script failed to load’, err));

 The inventory headstrap of the 2023 system is best although. The central over-the-head band adjusts far simpler now as a result of the 2 adjoining loops slide aside or collectively actually properly. That central headband remains to be a complete ache for those who’re protecting of your hair-do although, so maintain that in thoughts.

The audio system of the Quest 3 are a wee bit thicker than those on the Quest 2, and for good cause. Plenty of advertising has gone into promoting 3D audio with this headset, and we’ll get onto how good that’s quickly. Nevertheless it does imply you are feeling extra strain on the edges of your head – significantly for those who put on glasses. 

On the outer left-hand facet of the scarf, you might have your USB-C connection port for charging which sits simply above the facility button. On the appropriate, you might have a 3.5mm headphone jack the place you may join top-of-the-line gaming headsets.

On the underside, there’s a small turning dial to regulate inter-pupilary distance, in addition to a quantity adjustment key, and a magnetic connector for placing the headset on a charging stand. 

The controllers feel and appear nearly similar to their Quest 2 counterparts, even right down to the best way their buttons press in. With out the monitoring rings, they do clack collectively far much less throughout gameplay, and that appears like an added bonus. Even their wrist straps are nearly similar although, and annoyingly, they’ve that very same tendency to return a little bit unfastened throughout extra vigorous play periods. 


Meta Quest 3 review image showing the right hand side of the headset and one of its controllers

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

On paper is the place you may discover the most important disparity between the Meta Quest 3 and its predecessors. To me, the most important standout characteristic that nets essentially the most tangible advantages to the general expertise is the pancake lenses introduced ahead from the Quest Professional. These not solely improve the main focus, however they really help the FOV in my view, as a result of their form means I take within the black border of the headset much less and my eyes are drawn extra to the show in entrance of me. 

FOV is 110 levels horizontally, which is greater than sufficient for the black border across the display screen to not trouble you. You need not maintain your perception with that FOV, as I discovered earlier within the 12 months with PSVR 2. Equally, the 120Hz refresh charge feels clean. Nevertheless, it’s price noting that at launch, I did not come throughout a lot that felt prefer it was making use of that refresh charge. Video games and apps from earlier Quest headsets all work, however most video games appear simply as clean as they did on Quest 2, presumably as a result of any Quest 3 patches will come within the subsequent couple of minutes. 

Swipe to scroll horizontally
Meta Quest 3 Specs
Processor Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2
Decision 2064 x 2208 per eye
Refresh charge 90Hz / 120Hz
Area of view 110 levels
Sensors RGB cameras, 4 IR cameras
Storage 128GB / 512GB
Cameras 2x RGB 18PPD cameras
Audio Built-in 3D spatial audio audio system
Weight 515g
Eye monitoring None
Battery As much as 2.2 hours common
Connectivity WiFi 6E

Operating the present is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 processor, which by no means fails to supply a jank-free expertise. The place the Quest 2 can often undergo from stutters in additional demanding video games, the Quest 3 by no means has with me. 

The decision of this headset is an fascinating one. On paper, the bounce from 1,832 x 1,920 per eye on the Quest 2 to 2,064 x 2,208 per eye on the Quest 3 must be noticeable. In reality, colours seem extra vivid, and there are positively fewer jaggy strains, however all in all, decision per eye did not wow me as a lot as I wished it to. It positively did not impress me as a lot as PSVR 2, and I’ve a sense it is as a result of the Quest 3 nonetheless makes use of LCD shows versus PlayStation’s OLED.

What did wow me was the readability of Quest 3’s passthrough cameras. As quickly as you place the headset on and get a visible of your environment you may discover a large increase in readability. It helps, too, that these RGB cameras present you full shade. These are, doubtless, the perfect passthrough cameras of any VR system on the market, so for those who do plan to do heaps in combined actuality, you are in for a deal with. 

Meta Quest 3's power button and USB-C connection port

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Annoyingly, there’s no eye monitoring on board, which does really feel like a lacking characteristic. Foveated rendering might have helped to supply extra of a graphical leap from the Quest 2, and by way of futureproofing, I am to see how the Quest 3 survives with out it. By all early accounts, the attention monitoring of the Apple Imaginative and prescient Professional is claimed to be the stuff of legend.

The quoted battery life is 2.2 hours, which provides it across the identical lifespan because the Quest 2. In observe, that is simply okay. I do not normally are inclined to stretch out my VR gaming periods greater than an hour or so, and whereas the longevity of the onboard battery stays to be seen, this did not really feel like as a lot of a dealbreaker because the poor battery lifetime of the Quest Professional. I did discover that the battery met that quoted period of time, and in a really perfect world it’d last more, however I really feel as if individuals who desire a longer battery life will in all probability put money into a charging stand or head strap with a battery pack. You may, after all, cost the headset when you play for those who get an extended sufficient right-angle cable.


Meta Quest 3 from the front being held by a reviewer

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Just like the Quest 2 earlier than it, the Meta Quest 3 is a superb system for VR gaming. To start out with, and to PSVR 2’s detriment, the Quest 3 is totally backwards suitable with Quest 2 video games. That provides you entry to a whole lot of VR video games, and possibly the strongest all-round VR gaming library there may be – in need of proudly owning top-of-the-line gaming PCs. Admittedly, only a few video games made straight for the Quest 3 can be found at launch, however the backwards compatibility completely softens that blow, and I hope Sony takes word.

You now have the added choice to play lots of these video games in totally immersed VR, or in combined actuality, as video games can combine their key visuals into your environment, that means extra security and maybe much less emotions of nausea. Due to these high-clarity passthrough cameras, room monitoring is on par with PSVR 2, making it up there with the quickest and greatest no-fuss room monitoring headsets in the marketplace. I even examined this by taking part in in several lighting situations, in several rooms, and with completely different coloured ground surfaces. Quest 3 by no means did not warn me if I used to be getting near my guardian boundary. In truth, going ahead I would even flip down its warning sensitivity as a result of it may be a tad intrusive at its out-of-the-box setting.

Meta Quest 3's facial interface and pancake lenses

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Whether or not it was taking part in tennis in VR, fixing up a car in Automobile Mechanic Simulator, or roleplaying like John Wick in Pistol Whip, Meta Quest 3 at all times provides me a coherent VR expertise. The star of the present for me needs to be its 3D sound. Going between the Black Magic degree in Pistol Whip on Quest 3 and Quest 2, you discover a fairly astounding distinction within the degree of audio high quality. The audio system on Quest 3 are extra highly effective, way more correct, and simply insanely balanced. They convey positional audio very well too, and handle to indicate a distinction between reverb and condensed sound with out blasting your eardrums.

Though I did not personally discover an enormous distinction within the visible constancy from Quest 2 to Quest 3, I’ll say that one of many greatest enhancements comes from these Pancake lenses. Your space of focus, ie, the candy spot the place components of the show do not go blurry, feels gargantuan in comparison with Quest 2. It made taking part in Walkabout Mini Golf an absolute breeze, as a result of I may maintain my very exact placing line in my thoughts’s eye as I squared as much as the ball to take a shot. All of the whereas, the ambient sound of a xen Japanese backyard performed calmingly within the background.

Meta Quest 3's controllers

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

The haptic suggestions within the controllers is pretty much as good because it’s ever been, and though they may not really feel all that completely different from the Quest 2, it is nonetheless exact and helps to floor you in experiences like Dungeons of Eternity. In that recreation, you may parry enemies by holding your controller on the proper angle on your axe or sword to deflect an incoming blow. Feeling a satisfying *clink* that allows you to know your parry has shielded you is immersive as something, and the controllers can take all of the credit score. In the identical vein, weapons in Drop Lifeless: The Cabin really feel chunky and highly effective. Whereas I would not say these controllers are pretty much as good as PSVR 2’s they do an awesome job when gaming.

I simply want that the designers would have deserted the round heads of those controllers once they put the monitoring ring to the wayside. Plenty of the time in video games like Out of Scale, my thumbs simply really feel misplaced and inaccurate to my in-game character due to how cumbersome the controller prime now feels. 


Meta Quest 3 Meta logo and frontal passthrough cameras

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Social Media remains to be a comparatively new expertise. It’s a little mad to assume that such a longtime a part of humanity’s lifestyle solely began correctly showing about 20 years in the past. Its development was exponential, and that meant that by the point it was a dominant drive in society, its monetization construction was already established – it had gone by way of its childhood extremely unregulated. 

I carry that up as a result of with Apple and Meta now deciding for us that the “age of Spatial Computing” is starting, it very a lot feels as if we’re at a crossroads with how combined actuality can be built-in into our society. For that cause, I do assume it is vital to maintain the information mining and monetization construction Meta has established for its social media platforms in examine now. If we’re keen to just accept Meta’s established observe file as a price of entry to “cool new expertise”, we ship a message to those corporations that it’s one thing we approve of, and all of the sudden the potential of one other Cambridge Analytica-sized disaster within the subsequent ten years grows.

After I reviewed the Meta Quest Professional, I wished to see if avid gamers may dodge the Metaverse inside it in the event that they merely wished a extra refined and polished VR gaming expertise than the Quest 2 may supply them. Myself and different reviewers had been positively left wanting in that regard, and though the Metaverse is seeing a resurgence due to the Quest 3’s mixed-reality chops, I would be the first to confess that the Quest 3 is a gigantic enchancment. With each app that opens, you might be requested for the precise permissions to the information that can be recorded, and on the entire, the explanations for that knowledge assortment appear way more clear and rooted in what an utility wants with a purpose to work. 

Meta Quest 3's front cameras up close

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

It is a mixed-reality headset, nevertheless it would not appear to exist solely for to get you into the Metaverse. I hope future software program updates do not change this, however not less than for now, for those who simply need to use the Quest 3 as a gaming system, you completely can.

Anecdotally, nothing personifies this greater than while you swap on the headset. Zuck’s weird futuristic treehouse you spawn into on the Quest 2 and Quest Professional is kicked into contact in lieu of the clear passthrough cameras that present you your environment as an alternative. Certain, if you wish to spawn into the generic VR treehouse, which is now surrounded by a Thirtieth-century metropolis that looms within the distance, you may. Though I would not need to, particularly when the mirror reflection of your Meta avatar nonetheless stands to your proper.

I by no means did create a type of, although, so the cursed little gray alien is what seems within the mirror for me and it’s sheer nightmare gas.

Now, similar to with the Quest Professional evaluate, I can not state factually that Meta is or isn’t accumulating private knowledge based mostly in your use of the headset. I will depart it as much as you in case you are snug with that chance – as a result of based mostly on Meta’s observe file, I would say it’s a chance. What I can say for sure is, based mostly on my time with the Quest 3, I have never had any of the ominous focused adverts about no matter I left the headset taking a look at – which did occur with the Quest Professional.

Must you purchase the Meta Quest 3?

Meta Quest 3 review header image of the headset next to its controllers on a gaming desk

(Picture credit score: Future / Duncan Robertson)

Total, the Meta Quest 3 takes the wonderful gaming chops of the Oculus Quest 2 and offers it a current-gen combined actuality refresh. In 2020, Quest 2 set the bar for VR gadgets within the present market, and its successor does an awesome job of elevating that bar for standalone headsets. It is easy for me to suggest the Meta Quest 3 as a gaming system, and though its spatial computing is not for me, the privateness points right here do not appear almost as unhealthy as they did with the Quest Professional. 

I do need to word although, that whereas it is easy for me to suggest the Quest 3, I do not assume the Quest 2 is now out of date. To me, it very a lot is determined by what you are in search of in a VR system. In order for you some mild gaming, if you wish to dip your toe within the digital water, or for those who’ve by no means owned a VR headset earlier than, a Quest 2 remains to be going to provide the sensible expertise it at all times has. Furthermore, it is a very inexpensive VR headset – which, to today, nonetheless seems like an oxymoron. 

Should you really feel your Quest 2 starting to age, otherwise you need the enthusiast-level mixed-reality options, the Quest 3 is the one to go for. It does enhance upon what got here earlier than however nonetheless appears like a member of the household. 

Is it the perfect VR headset for gaming in the marketplace? For my part, I feel PSVR 2 nonetheless edges the race as a result of it has much more high-end options that provide extra worth for cash. Then once more, the Quest retailer has extra video games to expertise, and you do not want a console for it to work. That race is a photograph end, however with Apple set to run subsequent, this era of VR is heating up. 

How we examined the Meta Quest 3

I put the Meta Quest 3 to the check over the course of the final week. Throughout that point, I’ve performed video games in plenty of genres, each in combined actuality and in totally immersed VR. I’ve additionally used the headset in a number of rooms, in various lighting situations, and with completely different environment. I’ve performed primarily in standing mode with a room-scale boundary, though for some video games I performed sat down with a stationary boundary after I was feeling significantly lazy. 

To check the battery life, I ran the headset down from a full cost, getting across the quoted lifespan of simply over two hours on a single cost. It is price noting that I solely used the usual headstrap and facial interface that got here with the headset, and I attempted utilizing the headset each with and with out my pretty thick-framed glasses. 

The headset I’ve had the pleasure of testing is the 512GB mannequin, which was offered to me by Meta. 

To listen to extra in regards to the methods we check the most recent expertise right here at GamesRadar+, check out our {Hardware} Coverage. 

Are you pleased with our personal actuality for now? Check out the greatest gaming chairs, the greatest gaming desks, and the greatest gaming TVs.


Back to top button