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Meta’s ambitions for the Quest 3 Lite may have hit a major roadblock

What you need to know

  • Meta’s Quest 3 Lite is reportedly no longer coming to China.
  • Tencent supposedly partnered with Meta to sell the headset in China with the Chinese company handling services while Meta handled hardware.
  • The new budget headset is said to use the same chipset as the Quest 3 with the rest of the hardware being similar to the Quest 2.

This year could have been a hallmark year for Meta. A report back in November stated that the company’s products and services could return to China for the first time in 14 years, starting with the Meta Quest 3 Lite, a new budget VR headset from the company.

Now, according to a new report from Sina Finance (via UploadVR), Meta’s partnership agreement has fallen through and the company will no longer be selling the Quest 3 Lite in China. The original report detailed that Meta filed a partnership agreement with Tencent, the company that Nintendo currently partners with to sell the Switch in China. Meta would take some of the hardware sales while Tencent handled games and services revenue.

If true, the news would be great for ByteDance as its VR subsidiary, Pico, is currently being restructured to better compete with Apple Vision Pro and other similar premium-level headsets. That would mean Pico continues to operate as the best way to experience VR content in China. It sells several VR headsets at varying price levels, like the Pico 4.

(Image credit: Nicholas Sutrich / Android Central)

The Meta Quest 3 Lite is likely still in development for other regions of the world, though, and would usher in a proper budget-friendly replacement for the Meta Quest 2. While the new headset retains many design features of the Quest 2, it would feature the same faster Qualcomm Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chipset from the Quest 3, making it 100% more powerful than the Quest 2.


 

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