Xbox Cloud Gaming is coming to Meta Quest this December

Cloud gaming is coming to your face

Meta connect
(Image credit: Future)

 The Meta Quest 3 has just been announced, a mixed reality headset that costs $499, a fraction of the cost of Apple's upcoming Vision Pro. Coming October 10th, it isn't solely a gaming device but looks set to be a breakthrough headset in the gaming sphere especially.

That's because Mark Zuckerberg himself has confirmed that it will be getting Xbox Cloud Gaming (not at launch but in December). This service will bring hundreds of games onto the VR scene for the first time. It won't necessarily mean that each title has fully enabled native VR controls but you will be able to project them onto a virtual screen, to play in private or without a TV with a 110-degree field of view. As someone who plays in a living room shared by housemates, that's something that you can't put a price on.

Meta connect

(Image credit: Future)

The Quest 3's hardware is also stepping up in a way that gamers will appreciate. With Qualcomm's Snapdragon XR2 Gen 2 chip under the hood, the GPU has doubled in power, helping games developed for Meta Quest look better than ever.

Xbox Cloud Gaming has some incredible titles on it too, such as Halo, Starfield and Forza. If you've got an Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription, it's completely free too. At a time when some dismiss VR games as pure gimmicks or one-off experiences, it's an extremely savvy move for Meta to bring games that we know and love already to the platform.

Of course, the big gamble is will cloud gaming itself take off. Google Stadia's premature end would say no, and it requires a faster more stable internet connection than many can manage. But to be honest, the premise of switching between hundreds of games seamlessly without downloads sounds so tempting.

Andy Sansom
Staff Writer

Andy is T3's Tech Staff Writer, covering all things technology, including his biggest passions such as gaming, AI, phones, and basically anything cool and expensive he can get his hands on. If he had to save one possession from a fire it would be his PlayStation 5. He previously worked for Tom’s Guide - where he got paid to play with ChatGPT every day. When it comes to streaming, Andy will have his headphones glued in whilst watching something that will make him laugh. He studied Creative Writing at university, but also enjoys supporting his favourite football team (Liverpool), watching F1, teaching himself guitar, and spending time with his dog.