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Meta Quest 3 - release 10/10/23

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Pedro reviews Meta Quest 3
Review by: Pedro
Posted on: Oct 10, 0023
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VR Technology Advancements

The rapid evolution of VR technology is undeniable. VR headsets have not only become lighter but have also seen remarkable improvements in resolution. However, aesthetics still lag behind, especially when compared to sleek eyewear like Ray-Bans. Consider the Oculus Rift, launched in 2016 at 470g (1.04 lb) with a resolution of 1080 x 1200px per eye. It took until 2019 for a significant leap in resolution, with the Oculus Quest at 1440 x 1600px per eye, competing with the 'Valve Index'. Fast forward to 2023, and the Meta Quest 3 boasts an impressive 2064x2208 pixels per eye, surpassing 4K quality.

Oculus and Meta headset release dates

Pricing and Bundle Options

The Meta Quest 3 offers two models: a 128GB version priced at approximately £479 ($499) and a 512GB model for £620 ($650). Various bundle packages are available, such as the 'Comfort Bundle,' 'Starter Bundle,' or 'Streamer Bundle,' offering different accessories. However, choosing compatible after-market accessories can save you money.

Storage Considerations

The 128GB version can store around 30 games, while the 512GB model can store approximately 120 games, making it suitable for avid gamers. Factor in movies and apps, and 128GB should suffice unless you prefer the convenience of extra storage.

Content storage

Asgard’s Wrath 2 and Subscription Offer

Asgard’s Wrath 2 is available for free download when purchasing the 128GB or 512GB version, but the offer ends on January 27, 2024. The game will be available on the Meta Store starting December 2023. If you opt for the 512GB version, you'll receive two handpicked titles monthly for six months as part of the Meta Quest+ Subscription. This subscription is subject to the terms and conditions set-out by Meta. So be sure to read them ‘carefully’.

Prior to playing Asgard’s Wrath 2, I strongly recommend playing the prequal first - Check out the game review here: 'Asgard’s Wrath'

Purchase Options

The Meta Quest 3 is available at retail stores, but online platforms like Amazon often provide better deals, including many aftermarket, headset accessories at lower prices. Here’s some useful links to the Amazon store, where you’ll find the best deals for the Meta Quest 3.

Amazon UK: Meta Quest 3 - 128GB

Amazon UK: Meta Quest 3 - 512GB

Amazon US: Meta Quest 3 - 128GB

Amazon US: Meta Quest 3 - 512GB

Included Accessories

The Meta Quest 3 package contains the headset, two controllers and batteries, a USB-C charging cable, a power adapter plug, and a one-year limited warranty, covering defects and malfunctions.

Package contents

Introduction to the Meta Quest 3

Formerly Oculus, Meta released the Meta Quest 3 on October 10, 2023. This VR headset provides an immersive digital experience, compatible as a standalone headset or tethered to a PC with a compatible data-link cable, such as the Syntech Data Link Cable.

Enhanced VR Experience

The Meta Quest 3 offers a price point that suits most gamers and socialites while delivering a 50% increase in speed compared to the Quest 2, according to Meta.

Versatile Usage Options

Users can enjoy the Meta Quest 3 as a standalone or tethered device with a data link PC cable. The headset features a 3.5mm headphone jack, USB-C charging port, power button, volume adjustment rocker, and inter-pupillary distance (IPD) dial. Four inside-out tracking cameras, two 18 PPD RGB cameras, and a depth sensor enhance tracking accuracy and room mapping.

Immersive Audio

Built-in speakers provide crisp audio with positional stereo effects. Users can also connect their headphones via the headphone jack for a customized audio experience. Consider exploring compatible after-market audio accessories on Amazon for even more audio options. There’s plenty to choose from!

Design and Comfort

The Meta Quest 3 presents a sleek all-white exterior design with a material coated rubber gasket that effectively seals around the face, providing excellent immersion. Its lightweight build features a comfortable, adjustable headband strap. While functional, the head strap might become a minor inconvenience, especially with multiple users. Nevertheless, the headset weighs just over 1.3 pounds (515 grams), delivering a well-balanced and comfortable wearing experience. For those seeking enhanced comfort, investing in the Elite headset strap or an equivalent after-market option is recommended.

Basic head strap design

Resolution and Clarity

The Meta Quest 3 truly excels in visual fidelity, surpassing the Quest 2 by a significant margin. It boasts 8GB of RAM, a 33% increase compared to the Quest 2. The standout feature is the pancake lenses, which differ from traditional Fresnel lenses found in many other headsets. These pancake lenses offer improved edge-to-edge clarity and a larger sweetspot, providing the clearest view of the virtual world. With a vertical field of view of 96 degrees and a horizontal view of 100 degrees (15% wider than the Quest 2), the headset's display resolution is a remarkable 2064 x 2208 pixels per eye, totaling 4128 x 4416. Termed as a "4K+ Infinite Display" by Meta, it boasts 25PPD (Pixels-Per-Degree) and 1218 PPI (pixels per inch), a remarkable achievement for a wireless, standalone device. However, the standard refresh rate is 90Hz, with the possibility of "up to 120Hz," although confirmation is pending. It's likely that only select games will achieve this higher refresh rate, primarily titles optimized for the Quest 3.

Technical hardware - Meta Quest 3


The Meta Quest 3 brings noticeable improvements in colour vibrancy, clarity, and detail, particularly in games optimized for the headset. Games that were originally designed for the Quest 2 also benefit from enhanced dynamic shadows, cleaner textures, and faster load times. While not yet precisely timed, the difference in loading speed is apparent.

Steam Link for VR games - Is it any good?

Steam Link, a free app available on Steam, utilizes the power of your PC to stream Steam games from your Steam library to your Meta Quest 3. It's also compatible with the Quest 2 and Pro headsets. Steam Link also allows you to stream games onto phones, tablets, and TVs. Just make sure you have a broadband internet connection.

To put Steam Link to the test, we played Arizona Sunshine 2 and were pleasantly surprised by how well the game looked and played. So much so that there seemed to be no noticeable difference in visuals and performance compared to playing the game directly from the headset's internal memory. There didn't appear to be any latency either. We were using a 5GHz Wi-Fi network, although the Meta Quest 3 does support 6GHz Wi-Fi, which I'm guessing would be even better.

Getting Steam Link working is straightforward. Just make sure Steam (latest version) and SteamVR are installed and running on your PC, then connect your Meta Quest 3 to the same network as your PC. Download and install Steam Link - Steam Link can be downloaded from the Meta Store Steam Link Download. The app will guide you through the setup process, connecting your computer to your headset.


The Meta Quest 3 controllers offer a perfect blend of size, weight, and comfort. They fit snugly in hand, providing an enjoyable gaming experience. However, it's worth noting that the active straps are not included with the headset, and purchasing the official Meta straps at £33 ($40) may not be everyone's preference. Expect after-market alternatives to become available on Amazon, potentially including protective accessories for your knuckles during intense gameplay. These controllers measure 130 x 70 x 62mm and weigh 153g each. They feature integrated infra-red LEDs for tracking, and TruTouch Haptics deliver feedback.

Meta Quest 3 controllers

Hand-Tracking Option

The Meta Quest 3 allows users to experience some VR content without controllers, offering an improved hand-tracking experience compared to older hardware. However, it's important to manage expectations, as hand-tracking may not match the precision and performance of physical controllers. Users can also choose to use the Meta Quest Pro controllers if they have a pair available.

Controller Specifications Overview

  • Controller size: 130 x 70 x 62mm (ring-free design)
  • Weight: 153g each
  • TruTouch Haptics: Provide feedback to your hands
  • Charge time: Approximately 2 hours
  • Usage: Approximately 4 - 6 hours at maximum
  • Cons: Internal tracking reserved for the Touch Pro controllers

Battery and Tracking

Similar to the Quest 2, the Meta Quest 3 controllers rely on a single AA battery each, housed in the handle, which also has a handy clip to easily remove the battery. Initial experiences with hand-tracking have been positive, with more detailed feedback coming in future updates. Stay tuned for my ongoing user experiences by subscribing to this review, entirely free.

Headset Specifications Overview

  • Headset processor: Qualcomm - Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 (double the processing power of the Quest 2)
  • RAM: 8GB (33% more memory than the Quest 2)
  • Storage: 128GB or 512GB depending on the model
  • Passthrough: 2 RGB cameras with 18 PPD (Accurate depth projection and room mapping)
  • Lens depth adjustment: Dial to adjust the facial interface closer or farther from your face
  • Lens adjustment: Dial to adjust lens positioning - distance between the lenses. IPD ranges from 58mm-71mm)
  • Pancake optics: 40% slimmer for more comfortable wear (compared to Quest 2 excluding the facial interface)
  • Headset weight: 515grams (Just over 1.3 pounds)
  • Charging: USB-C port (includes 18W power adapter plug)
  • Cameras: Inside-Out (6 Cameras, 6DOF)
  • External LED: notifies bystanders that the external cameras are in use
  • Size: 184mm (L) x 160mm (H) x 98mm (W)
  • Speakers: Integrated stereo speakers with 3D spatial audio (built into strap)
  • Sound input: 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Microphone: Integrated microphone
  • Display resolution: 2064x2208 pixels per eye (4K+ Infinite Display with 25PPD and 1218 PPI)
  • Lenses: 2 LCD lenses (blacks aren't as deep, like an OLED display)
  • Refresh Rate: 90Hz - 120Hz (120Hz experimental)
  • Field of View: 110 degrees horizontal and 96 degrees vertical (Nearly 15% wider than Quest 2)
  • Wi-Fi 6E: (supported if your wireless router is compatible - region permitting)
  • Bluetooth: 5.2, BLE
  • Charge time: Approximately 2 hours
  • Battery life: Average 2.2 to 2.3 hours
  • Compatibility: Headset also support the Touch Pro controllers

Inside the Meta Quest 3

Pros, Cons and Final Thoughts

The Meta Quest 3 may strike you as smaller in size compared to the Quest 2, despite their similar weight profiles. This difference in dimensions can be attributed to the presence of pancake lenses, which take up less internal space within the headset, resulting in a narrower design compared to its predecessor. The included native headset strap offers a snug fit and effectively distributes the weight, rendering it almost imperceptible during use.

Upon initially donning the headset and making necessary adjustments for the perfect fit, it did provide comfort. However, after just one hour of gameplay, I began to experience some discomfort in the forehead area. Notably, the side straps proved to be somewhat problematic as they continuously rubbed against and caused irritation around my ears. It's important to note that individual head shapes vary, and your experience may differ, but I wanted to share this from a user perspective.

From a visual perspective, the Meta Quest 3 delivers an impressive VR experience with exceptional clarity. Notably, it eliminates common issues like ghosting and screen door effect, a noticeable improvement over the Quest 2. Loading times are significantly faster, and the overall performance is outstanding.

Setting up the boundary (guardian) is a breeze, thanks to the headset's ability to dynamically scan the room and nearby objects. It's even smart enough to adjust the play-space boundaries if someone enters the area, a feature that pleasantly surprised me.

The microphone quality appears to have regressed slightly, lacking the crispness found in the Quest 2. While an external microphone is an option, it may seem unnecessary. The overall audio output from the built-in headphones is decent, but the bass leaves room for improvement. Bluetooth earbuds could be an alternative, but the latency is notably poor, almost rendering them unusable.

If you're planning to go wireless, low latency Bluetooth dongles are a must for a seamless audio experience. However, this choice sacrifices the ability to connect an additional power pack for extended gameplay since the USB-C port will be occupied by the audio dongle. To achieve the best audio quality and keep the USB-C port available for an external battery, a quality headset can be directly plugged into the 3.5mm headphone jack, ensuring an optimal gaming experience.

The controllers are exceptional, boasting a near-perfect weight and feel. They even feature a convenient button for removing the battery cover from the controller housing. The setup process is straightforward, catering to users of various experience levels.

For VR enthusiasts seeking extended playtime and additional comfort, considering the Meta Elite head-strap, there's an upcoming alternative worth noting. BOBOVR is set to release the new M3 Pro Strap, fully compatible with the Meta Quest 3. This battery pack head strap replacement will grant gamers up to 3 extra hours of gameplay.

The headset (front plate ) does get very, very warm, even after just one hour.

While the passthrough feature is very good, offering the outside world in vivid colours, it's not without its limitations. When used as a standalone device, the Meta Quest 3 has a relatively short battery life, taking approximately two hours to reach a full charge, which is about the same time it takes to fully deplete. Although the original headset strap serves its purpose, aftermarket alternatives may soon become available, potentially enhancing comfort and stability for users.

It's evident that Meta's business strategy involves selling additional accessories to enhance the user experience and increase revenue. While the Meta Quest 3 is technically capable on its own, Meta intentionally left room for improvement in certain areas to promote the sale of these accessories. This approach aligns with contemporary business practices, where companies offer complementary products to maximize profitability.

Available Accessories (with approximate prices):
  • Meta Quest 3 Link cable - £66 ($80)
  • Meta Quest 3 Carry Case - £58 ($70)
  • Meta Quest 3 Charging dock - £107 ($130)
  • Meta Quest 3 Elite Battery Strap - £107 ($130)
  • Meta Quest 3 Active Straps - £33 ($40)
  • Meta Quest 3 Silicon Facial Interface - £33 ($40)
  • Meta Quest 3 Facial Interface and head strap (blue colour) - £41 ($50)
  • Meta Quest 3 Facial Interface and head strap (orange colour) - £41 ($50)

Quest 3 accessories

While these accessories offer convenience and added functionality, they come at a premium price. If you're considering purchasing accessories, it might be wise to wait a month or so after your headset purchase and explore aftermarket options available on Amazon. This approach could potentially save you a significant amount of money without compromising on quality.

In conclusion, the question of whether to invest in the Meta Quest 3 has a resounding affirmative answer – Yes! In my assessment, it stands as the paramount choice among consumer VR and Mixed Reality headsets currently available. While it may have some shortcomings, such as the absence of eye and face tracking, I believe that Meta has strategically reserved these advancements for the next iteration, possibly the Meta Quest 4. The inevitability of its arrival is clear, though we must exercise patience to witness what innovations the future holds in store.

To Summarise


  • It's small
  • Wireless VR gaming
  • No God rays
  • Excellent resolution & clarity
  • Supports large play area
  • Mixed Reality gaming and cinema
  • Great for socialites
  • Doesn't require an expensive gaming PC
  • Controllers are light
  • Controller haptics
  • Controller battery cover easy to remove
  • Good, comfortable face-cover with more options available
  • Great range of accessories
  • Superb Guardian System
  • Good tracking capability


  • Basic headset strap (uncomfortable)
  • Headset battery charge
  • Bass sound is mediocre
  • You need a Meta account
  • No eye or face tracking
  • Microphone is average
  • Bluetooth latency

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