Skip to main content

Exciting Meta Quest 3 details leak in full CAD renders

One of the most prolific leakers of Meta VR information came across what appears to be CAD renders of yet another new VR headset. With Meta’s Quest Pro expected to be announced soon at the upcoming Meta Connect event, the next model will undoubtedly be the Meta Quest 3, landing as early as 2023.

Based on the leaks from Brad Lynch, Meta’s Quest 3 seems to incorporate several of the Quest Pro’s features while not quite achieving the same degree of sophistication. It’s meant to be a low-cost VR headset that replaces the aging Quest 2, while the Meta Quest Pro is aimed at professional users that want to work and attend meetings in VR.

Meta Quest 3 CAD images appear to have leaked.
SadlyItsBradley

In the CAD files, the Quest 3’s battery is still positioned at the front but pancake lenses should reduce weight, making the headset comfortable enough to wear for longer periods of time without neck and face fatigue. The Quest Pro is expected to have a better balance with the battery placed at the back. Pancake lenses are expected to provide a larger sweet spot of crisp focus so it’s good news overall.

Lynch suggests that the head strap might be upgradeable; however, the CAD images show the headphone and USB-C ports to be part of the head strap so that might interfere with customization. A four-camera array and depth sensor seem likely, which will facilitate mixed reality. The cameras shown in the leak include both monochrome and color sensors, similar to leaks for the Quest Pro, so the Meta Quest 3 should have color pass-through.

THIS is the Meta Quest 3

It looks like a very nice refresh of Meta’s budget headset is coming sometime in 2023. More details of the CAD images and Lynch’s insightful speculation can be heard on his YouTube channel, SadlyItsBradley.

Editors' Recommendations

Alan Truly
Alan is a Computing Writer living in Nova Scotia, Canada. A tech-enthusiast since his youth, Alan stays current on what is…
Meta Quest 4: Here’s what we want from the next big VR headset
The Quest Pro has great hand-tracking capabilities.

Ready for the Meta Quest 4? Considering how big of an upgrade the Quest 3 was when it launched in 2023, Meta’s next release could have amazing new features that end up making it one of the best VR headsets yet.

Meta is still probably a couple of years out from releasing the successor to the Quest 3, but with all the new competition, it's worth considering what to expect. There haven't been many rumors yet, but here's what hope to see in the Meta Quest 4.
Quest 4 launch date
The Meta Quest 3 (left) and Quest Pro Alan Truly / Digital Trends

Read more
Your Quest 3 just got so much better — for free
First Encounter is the perfect introduction to mixed reality on Quest 3.

First Encounter is the perfect introduction to mixed reality on the Quest 3. Meta

The Quest 3 already boasted the best mixed reality experience of any VR headset other than the Apple Vision Pro. Now, as part of the v64 update, the Quest 3's passthrough quality is about to get even better, with less graininess in lower light, more detail, and better handling of phone screens.

Read more
We have some bad news for Quest owners
The original Oculus Quest 1 appears on a white background.

If you've been holding onto your original Oculus Quest or Quest 1 VR headset, it's time to upgrade because support is ending soon. The Quest 1 came out in 2019, so this headset is nearly five years old and quickly approaching the end of support. In August 2024, the original Quest will stop receiving security updates and bug fixes.

Meta recently emailed developers with an alert that new VR games and apps will be blocked from supporting the Quest 1 next month. Updates to existing apps will also cease. The Quest 1 will still have access to a large library of games, but to enjoy the latest releases, it's time to upgrade. This news follows a slow pullback that started last year when social features were removed.

Read more