Meta Quest 3 will get 50+ new titles this year, but no exclusives
More than 50 new titles are coming to Meta Quest 3 through the end of the year, but don't expect any exclusives.
At Meta Connect, the company announced that more than 100 new and upgrades titles will be released for Meta Quest 3 by the end of 2023. Half of this content will focus on mixed reality, while the other half will be brand-new titles.
Meta Quest 3 is backwards compatible with Quest 2's app library, which means more than 500 existing games, experiences, and apps are already available for the new headset.
On stage, Meta showed off just a handful of the upcoming games, including Asgard's Wrath 2, Assassin's Creed Nexus VR, Ghostbusters: Rise of the Ghost Lord, Lego Bricktales and more. We are currently working on a roundup of all the games and apps that were in the spotlight.
Don't expect Meta Quest 3 exclusives anytime soon
A question that should interest many: Will Meta Quest 3 launch with exclusive VR games that have been specially designed and optimized for the much more powerful headset?
Nothing of this sort was announced at Meta Connect, but UploadVR reports that the question was asked during a meeting with the press. A Meta representative said, “We don't have any specific Quest 3 exclusives, so everything that launches this holiday season until the end of the year will also be available on Quest 2."
That's not an outright confirmation that exclusives are planned, but it's not a denial either. 2024 could potentially see the first exclusive VR games for Quest 3.
It's a different situation than in 2020
In the transition from Quest 1 to Quest 2, Meta took a full year to release an exclusive title, Resident Evil 4.
However, the market dynamics are different now: Quest 2 was cheaper than Quest 1 and sold much better, while Quest 3 is likely to sell less than Quest 2 because of its significantly higher price. In addition, Quest 1 has been replaced by Quest 2, while Quest 2 will remain on sale, so customers will be able to choose between Quest 2 and Quest 3 for the upcoming holiday season and beyond. This means that Quest 2 will remain the most widely used Quest headset and the largest addressable VR market for a long time to come. In terms of content exclusivity, this is a difficult balancing act for Meta.
It's more likely that we'll soon see exclusive mixed reality experiences for Quest 3, especially since the headset has capabilities in this area that Quest 2 and Quest Pro simply don't have. Meta's new tutorial First Encounters, which introduces customers to mixed reality, will be only available for Quest 3. It is unclear, though, whether developers will be allowed to create mixed reality content exclusively for Quest 3.