Firmware results suggest that Meta Quest 3 will support higher frame rate than Meta Quest Pro.
Last summer, data miner Quest Samulia discovered the first clues to the display used in Meta Quest 3 in Update 43 beta firmware.
The lines of code suggest that the internal prototype, named Eureka865, uses a single LCD screen with a resolution of 4128 by 2208 pixels, which corresponds to 2064 by 2208 pixels per eye. In terms of pixel count, this would be a 30% increase over Meta Quest 2. The refresh rate was specified at 90 hertz.
Now Samulia reports that a 120 hertz version of the display configuration surfaced in the latest beta firmware version 49suggesting that Meta Quest 3 might support a higher maximum frame rate.
120 hertz support should become the norm
Meta Quest 2 has already supported 120 hertz by default for a few months, but only for VR applications optimized for it. The home environment and system menus are still running at 90 hertz. If Meta Quest 3 does indeed get a faster SoC, these areas, as well as other VR games, could benefit from a higher frame rate.
According to VR analyst Brad Lynch, JDI and likely BOE will manufacture the LCD panels for the Meta Quest 3. Local dimming for higher contrast like in Meta Quest Pro is not expected, Lynch said.
The update on quest 3 shows the prediction:
It uses one or more LCD displays with a resolution of 2064×2208 per eye running up to 120Hz at launch pic.twitter.com/ZuLHd8URIC
— Brad Lynch (@SadlyItsBradley) January 10, 2023
The $1,800 premium headset supports a maximum refresh rate of 90 hertz. It’s a downgrade from Meta Quest 2 that probably won’t carry over to its successor. John Carmack said at its last Connect conference that all Meta headsets following Meta Quest Pro will support a refresh rate of up to 120 hertz. Accordingly, the discovery of the firmware is not a surprise.
Meta is probably already testing the next-gen chip
Another change that Samulia discovered in the firmware is a change in the codename from “Eureka865” to “Eureka”. The 865 number was a reference to the Meta Quest 2 SoC, which is the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 1, which in turn is a derivative of the Snapdragon 865 smartphone SOC. Lynch believes this change suggests a move to the next generation of SoC, the Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2. A chip that is supposed to be considerably faster.
According to Lynch’s sources, Meta Quest 3 will definitely be based on the (yet unannounced) next-gen SoC. The first test chips are said to have already been sent to Meta and other companies.
In his update, the knowledgeable analyst makes other predictions about the device: that it will feature pancake lenses and that it will come with VR controllers similar to Meta Quest 2, i.e. say tracking rings instead of upside down tracking (see Quest Touch Pro Controller).
Meta Quest 3 is expected to launch in the fall of 2023. You can find all the facts and rumors in our Quest 3 information article.