Meta Quest 3 design and spec files leak

Daniel Sims

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Rumor mill: According to a new leak, Meta plans to release another affordable, consumer-focused headset for virtual and augmented reality next year. The strategy could maintain the company's advantage in VR/AR as more high-end models emerge from Sony, Apple, and Meta itself.

YouTuber Brad Lynch claims to have leaked the spec files for what may be the Meta Quest 3. The files indicate a device called "Project Stinson" with fewer bells and whistles than the headset the company plans to launch in October, likely offering customers a cheaper option.

An important detail is that headset shown in the Project Stenson files does not include eye or face tracking. Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg already confirmed that the model coming in October — likely called the Meta Quest Pro — supports the feature. Sony's PlayStation VR2, coming next year, includes eye tracking, which could benefit player input and software performance.

Like the Quest Pro, Project Stinson will run on a Snapdragon SoC and feature pancake lenses, slimmer than those in some currently available headsets. The 2023 product has two tracking cameras for six degrees of freedom, an array of two black-and-white and two RGB cameras, a depth sensor, 2 LCDs, mechanical IPD adjustments, a pogo pin connector for a charging dock, and a strap similar to the Quest 2's.

Stinson sounds simultaneously like an upgrade from the Quest 2 and a more affordable option against the Quest Pro, which Meta may announce and launch at Meta Connect on October 11. The Quest 2 is currently the most popular VR headset because even after Meta raised its base price to $400, it's still significantly cheaper than kits from HTC or Valve. The Quest Pro kit could cost as much as $1,500, and Apple's mixed reality headset might run customers over $2,000 upon arrival sometime next year.

Even without eye tracking, releasing a new model at only a few hundred dollars would help Meta continue to stand out among the competition. The Pico 4 — starting at €429 — also looks to compete with Meta Quest. Sony hasn't announced a price for PS VR2, but it will probably land closer to the Quest 2's price than the upcoming premium models.

Image Credit: Brad Lynch

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DSirius

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I think that the headset for virtual and augmented reality is still overhyped by all corporations involved, Meta, Sony, Apple, etc. and can easily deflate like 3D TV. Also, the price is too high for consumers for what they deliver. But can have a promising future in medicine, design.
 

Lounds

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Still loving my Quest 2, I don't think the new headsets will be too different of a jump over the Quest 2. I'll wait until they move from the XR2, the fact we know this is still the SoC of choice at a higher clock speed means we won't be getting a generational leap in performance yet.
 

ZedRM

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If it's still going to be locked down to work only with facebook's garbage platform, this is still a hardcore pass regardless of how good the specs might be.
 

TheRealSCDC

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If it's still going to be locked down to work only with facebook's garbage platform, this is still a hardcore pass regardless of how good the specs might be.

That's no longer a requirement, even with the Quest 2. They stopped that.
 

TheRealSCDC

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I think that the headset for virtual and augmented reality is still overhyped by all corporations involved, Meta, Sony, Apple, etc. and can easily deflate like 3D TV. Also, the price is too high for consumers for what they deliver. But can have a promising future in medicine, design.

It was worth buying just to play Alyx and all of the Mods. That was the most incredible gaming experience I've had. But VRPorn sucks. lol.
 

hel0sn8

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I think that the headset for virtual and augmented reality is still overhyped by all corporations involved, Meta, Sony, Apple, etc. and can easily deflate like 3D TV. Also, the price is too high for consumers for what they deliver. But can have a promising future in medicine, design.
Agreed. Bought a Quest 2. Tried it for a week - got hold of loads of games and apps. All pants. Not the future experience I was expecting. Weak, poor graphics and controls. Plus makes you sick. Terrible and overpriced. Heres to waiting to the real VR probs a long way off in the future. From another comment "the most incredible gaming experience I've had." = LOL. I've had better experiences on a Megadrive. The best VR experience hands down is Beat Saber. Excellent. But not worth the cost just to play that.
 

Puiu

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I think that the headset for virtual and augmented reality is still overhyped by all corporations involved, Meta, Sony, Apple, etc. and can easily deflate like 3D TV. Also, the price is too high for consumers for what they deliver. But can have a promising future in medicine, design.

3D TVs were stupid. VR is here to stay and the tech is quickly improving. it has that something "incredible" you just don't get with regular gaming on a monitor.
 
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ZedRM

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I’m positive. I was able to opt out about 3 or 4 months ago and just use my gmail acct.
Ok, but can a person buy one and use it on a platform other than facebook, for example with a PC and game from Steam or GOG? See if that is not an option, it's a hardcore pass regardless of specs.
 

TheRealSCDC

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Ok, but can a person buy one and use it on a platform other than facebook, for example with a PC and game from Steam or GOG? See if that is not an option, it's a hardcore pass regardless of specs.
Yes, Half-Life Alyx is a prime example. That isn't on the Quest store, nor is it even listed as a device to run it on. You simply run Sidequest and SteamVR on your PC and if you want wireless use Desktop Streamer. It works great wirelessly!
 

ZedRM

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Yes, Half-Life Alyx is a prime example. That isn't on the Quest store, nor is it even listed as a device to run it on. You simply run Sidequest and SteamVR on your PC and if you want wireless use Desktop Streamer. It works great wirelessly!
Ok, that's a development I was not aware of. Not really common knowledge. If the Quest 2 & 3 can be used with any game the user chooses, then I retract my criticism.
 

TheRealSCDC

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This is what is needed on a PC to run just about any Steam VR Game. Hope this is helpful. That being said, after playing Alyx, it's been hard to find anything worthy. :)

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TheRealSCDC

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I was thinking more just general games, not just VR type titles..
I've tried a few regular games, but VR isn't the most comfortable thing to wear. I wouldn't use it for more than an hour. It is very immersive, but damn those things, even with the better head wear isn't fun to wear. I'm looking forward to seeing what is about to be released. Hopefully less bulky and less heavy.
 

ZedRM

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I've tried a few regular games, but VR isn't the most comfortable thing to wear. I wouldn't use it for more than an hour. It is very immersive, but damn those things, even with the better head wear isn't fun to wear.
Ok, that's good to know.
I'm looking forward to seeing what is about to be released. Hopefully less bulky and less heavy.
Is it expected to be? Advances in tech and whatnot..
 

TheRealSCDC

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Ok, that's good to know.

Is it expected to be? Advances in tech and whatnot..
I've been keeping a keen eye on VR development. The new ones are thinner and lighter. They at least LOOK like they will be more comfortable. One can only hope!!