Like most events, Meta Connect’s annual celebration of all things VR has been reined in. Originally a 2-day, in-person show, the last couple of years it has been mostly a two-hour presentation. That’s all changing in 2023, with the company revealing it’ll be returning to its roots next month.
That means Meta Connect will once again become a two-day in-person event, which you can apply to attend. “Connect 2023 will have an in-person presence at Meta Headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.,” states Meta. Whilst noting “registration for the in-person experience is limited.” So it’s not going to be quite as big as before.
Quest 3 at Meta Connect
That doesn’t mean it’ll be any less interesting. Mainly because of Meta Quest 3. You’ll be able to watch the event online where everyone will “get an in-depth look at new Meta products (we’re looking at you, Quest 3).” Since the Quest 3 announcement in May, it was a given that the headset would have a significant presence at Connect. Now it looks like attendees will get hands-on with the new mixed reality device.
Several Quest 3 details have already been made public. It’ll feature Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon XR2+ chipset making it twice as powerful as Quest 2. Thanks to new pancake optics Quest 3 is 40% slimmer than its predecessor. Plus it has dual 4MP RGB colour cameras for full colour, mixed reality passthrough.
And it’ll start from $499 USD (£499.99 GBP) for the base 128GB model.
Once again, Mark Zuckerberg will lead the keynote address. Other highlights include Developer State of the Union, breakout sessions covering a range of AI, VR and AR-related topics and product sneak peeks.
Meta Connect will be held from 27th to 28th September 2023.
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