The Meta Quest just became the Pixel of VR headsets

What you need to know

  • Meta Horizon OS is an open-source VR software system designed for third-party VR headsets.
  • ASUS ROG will make a “all-new performance gaming headset” running Meta Horizon OS, while Lenovo will make a productivity headset.
  • Meta and Microsoft are teaming up on a “limited-edition Meta Quest, inspired by Xbox.”
  • Meta is going all-in on its own software after failing to partner with Google to bring Android apps to Quest headsets.

Meta Quest is going open-source. Meta Horizon OS, the rebranded name for the spatial software behind the Quest 3, is being lent out to partners like ASUS Republic of Gamers, Lenovo, and Xbox to make their own spin-off versions of VR headsets with Quest games and apps.

Meta will share popular Quest features like inside-out tracking, passthrough and room scanning for mixed reality, and the Meta Quest Store of hundreds of Quest games — now renamed the “Meta Horizon Store.”