Next week sees the return of Connect, Meta’s annual showcase for all things XR. As you’re probably very well aware by now, the event is expected to see the Meta Quest 3 make its official appearance after its initial tease during the Quest Showcase earlier this year. Over the past month, there have been plenty of Quest 3 leaks. With few hardware surprises left apart for the launch date. However, when it comes to Quest 3 launch games, that’s another matter.
There’s just over a week to go until the annual Meta Connect conference takes place. Returning to an in-person format, the event is set to feature Meta Quest 3 front and centre. While we already know a lot about the new device, there’s still more to learn. Especially where its mixed reality (MR) capabilities lie. And by the looks of a newly published support page, Quest 3 outshines the flagship Quest Pro.
The original Arashi: Castles of Sin was a PSVR-exclusive when it launched in 2021, bringing samurai combat to VR. It received mixed reviews, in part due to PSVR’s dated Move controllers. But earlier this year, publisher Skydance Interactive and developer Endeavor One unveiled Arashi: Castles of Sin – Final Cut. Bringing the title to more headsets with modern improvements, a November launch date has now been set.
Schell Games’ I Expect You To Die series is a very rare breed in VR. Not only has the franchise survived several hardware generations, but it has also got better with age. The original was funny, tense and inventive, making for an almost perfect escape room experience in VR. Now in its third instalment, somehow, Schell Games continues to make the quintessential VR escape room. As XR Source finds in its Meta Quest 2 review, I Expect You To Die 3: A Cog in the Machine is as much of a mystery as the world-ending event you’re trying to thwart.
If you own a Meta Quest headset then it’s highly likely you’ve given hand tracking a go. Whether you love it or not, XR headset manufacturers are going all in on the technology. Whether that’s to offer an alternative to controllers or dispense with them altogether, we’re in a new hand-tracking revolution where immersion is key. Controllers are seen more as a hindrance than a necessity. But are they?
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.
Meta’s next mixed-reality headset isn’t far away with developers already planning their Quest 3 upgrades. The latest to announce new details is 3lb Games for its bullet-hell shooter Space Dragon. With the release of a Space Dragon roadmap, the studio will launch a mixed-reality update to support all Meta Quest headsets.
After Meta’s Quest 3 announcement in May, we’re all eagerly awaiting its Connect conference on 27th September. As the company has already confirmed the launch of Quest 3 this Autumn, the event will likely herald the opening of pre-orders for the mixed-reality device. Whilst standard Quest 2 games and apps will work on the headset, some VR developers are already planning their Quest 3 upgrades for current titles.
What do you love to see more of? Great content maximising the hardware you already own or cutting-edge technology that allows developers to dream bigger and better than ever? In an ideal world, it would be somewhere in the middle, but inevitably what tends to happen is a deluge of one or the other. Popular VR devices like Meta Quest 2 and Valve Index have been around for several years now, and there’s some amazing content out there. However, they’re also starting to get old – in VR terms, at least – and we’re on the cusp of a new explosion in XR gaming Hardware.